A chilling note concerning the "correction" i.e. the physical beating or whipping of a young slave who had refused to listen to a white plantation owner or overseer, and ran away from be "corrected." Harding requests that Edward Scott, a neighboring slave owner, either allow him to "correct" his slave, or have it done himself. A short note, but one that is very revealing of the degree of control exerted upon slaves no matter their age.
I had giving orders that there should be no passing through our plantation during the continuation of the Small pox in the neighbourhood for we have several young negroes liable to take the disease. Your boy Edmun passed through here this evening knowing of these orders, for which conduct I attempted to correct him and he ran from me. I know request that you allow me to correct him or that you have it done [sic]
Yours Geo. M. Harding." (Inventory #: 30751)