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Mr Hopkins remained but a short time in the office of overseer Why his career was so short I do not know but suppose he lacked the necessary severity to suit Colonel Lloyd Mr Hopkins was succeeded by Mr Austin Gore a man possessing in an eminent degree all those traits of character in dispensable to what is called a first-rate overseer Mr Gore had served Colonel Lloyd in the capacity of overseer upon one of the out-farms and had shown himself worthy of the high station of overseer upon the home or Great House Farm Mr Gore was proud ambitious and persevering He was artful cruel and obdurate He was just the man for such a place and it was just the place for such a man It afforded scope for the full exercise of all his powers and he seemed to be perfectly at home in it He was one of those who could torture the slightest look word or gesture on the part of the slave into impudence and would treat it accordingly There must be no answering back to him no explanation was allowed a slave showing himself to have been wrongfully accused Mr Gore acted fully up to the maxim laid down by slaveholders-- It is better that a dozen slaves should suffer under the lash than that the overseer should be convicted in the presence of the slaves of having been at fault No matter how innocent a slave might be--it availed him nothing when accused by Mr Gore of any misdemeanor To be accused was to be convicted and to be convicted was to be punished the one always following the other with immutable certainty To escape punishment was to escape accusation and few slaves had the fortune to do either under the overseership of Mr Gore He was just proud enough to demand the most debasing homage of the slave and quite servile enough to crouch himself
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