Monday, 2 August, 1830

Have not left town today but a small distance. It is really amusing to see with what anxiety people attend to sick slaves. If this attention arose from the motive of mitigating suffering of this degraded portion of humanity, it would be a worthy solicitude. But circumstances indicate this not to be the case, but entirely from self-interest. Sordid greed is the moving spring in all this anxiety. And I will not deny but this would have a similar effect were it applied to myself. I do not pretend to have a mind free from being wrought upon by self-interest, but whether it would be to the same extent as others who own slaves I have not had the trial of experience. But if it should, it is not the less a principle to be followed as a good example.