68 SLAVE LIFE IN GEORGIA.
was not quite a lunatic with such horrible treat¬
ment. Two years after, he Avas quite " a done up
nigger;" and Stevens finding him useless, gave
him to his son-in-law, Billy Gay. He died three
years after, in a fit.
I might add many other instances of cruel
usage of slaves, but I have perhaps stated enough
for the present. It may be thought that the fe¬
male slaves are perhaps, as a rule, less badly
treated. This is not the case. Men and women,
boys and girls, receive the same kind of punish¬
ments, or I would say rather, that the same kind
of tortures are inflicted upon them. I know full
well that women in a state of pregnancy are not
spared from the infliction of the most dreadful
scourgings, with the cow-hide, the bull-whip, and
the cobbing-paddle. Thousands of them never
bring their burden into the world, and numbers
of negro infants are overlaid and smothered by
their mothers at night, in consequence of their
having been overworked in the day.
Mrs. Stowe has told something about Slavery.
I think she must know a great deal more than she
has told. I know more than I dare to tell.