Journal of Dr GFW
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Again the never forgotten day has arrived and all its endearing charms are enjoyed. I observe that during this day and in this particular day Masters of slaves who do not work themselves on this day, hire the negroes to labor in the meadow. I am not satisfied that this can be considered right, or ever proper, because if we consider it to be a sin for us to be employed in the field or at any kind of labor, we should at the same time believe it equally criminal for them. And I cannot see it will diminish our own guilt, as we are the cause of the crime, and even hold out inducements to have it committed. My practice increases very fast. After finishing my engagement yesterday, I was called to see several patients, and rode until dark. To me this is indeed gratifying, as it betokens success. And today I have done very well an been very busy.
Was called to Mr. Jacob Conrad's, a wealthy merchant, about one mile from this place, to see his nephew, Theopholis C. Hauser, son of Mrs. Conrad by her first husband and brother to Miss H.S. Hauser. Here at this place is much convenience and everything looks neat and clean. There are two fine looking girls here, just in the bloom of beauty but seem effected with modest and becoming bashfulness, indeed this adds a charm to their form of elegance. Mr. Conrad is from every indication one of your close calculators, never spending money unless for utility and judging from the contour of his head loves money fully as well if not a little better than justice, and when he has once succeeded in getting the advantage never lets it go until he is well remunerated and in these estimations of his trouble, he thinks it better not to undervalue them. He looks well to self and cares but little for the balance of the world. Such I believe to be the character of this man. Now at first view his wife would be taken to be of the most benevolent disposition, mild and insinuating, but just from her appearance and mode of conversation, she is full of deception, pretending no desire for wealth when she is more eager if possible than her husband and more proud with what she has. Very fond of flattery and admires those that praise her goodness and despises those who do not act hte sycophant. Yet she is generally admired, because it is not much expense to flatter.