Monday, May 3, 2010

On Discipline

The beginning of a chapter entitled, "On Discipline," in Dr. Collins'
Practical Rules for the Management and Medical Treatment of Negro
Slaves in the Sugar Colonies, London, 1803:

"On Discipline.

THIS term embraces two meanings, the one, more comprehensive, includes
the rules which direct the conduct of one, in subjection to another;
the other, the punishment annexed to the breach of these rules.
Discipline is, therefore, either directive, or corrective; but as they
have a natural relation, I shall here consider them together.

A slave being a dependant agent, must necessarily move by the will of
another, which is incessantly exerted to control his own: hence the
necessity of terror to coerce his obedience.

It is, therefore, by the gross operation of fear, or the dread of
punishment, that negroes are wrought upon to action; for love doth
little, and shame less, and to produce that effect, a system of
remuneration alone is inadequate, for the reward must be ever
incommensurate to the service, where labour is misery, and rest,

This chapter, and this entire mind-boggling book, can be read on Google Books: