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Examples of Chain-gang
On this account Sir George Arthur, late Governor of Van Diemen's Land, likened the convict to a slave, and described him "as deprived of liberty, exposed to all the caprice of the family to whose service he may happen to be assigned, and subject to the most summary laws; his condition" (said Sir George) "in no respect differs from that of the slave, except that his master cannot apply corporal punishment by his own hands or those of his overseer, and has a property in him for a limited period.
As the lot of a slave depends upon the character of his master, so the condition of a convict depends upon the temper and disposition of the settler to whom he is assigned.
The very worst characters amongst us proceed to the neighbouring colonies as soon as an opportunity offers.
Any evil may be counter-balanced and perhaps removed, if it can only be seen.
One of my friends has suggestively sent me Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy.
Our plan is to go to Washington to see some old friends thence south and so to California, for a couple of months.