If we should ever get to Heaven, we shall find nobody to reproach us for being black, or for being slaves.
I suppose I have had more advantages and privileges than most of you, who are slaves have ever known, and I believe more than many white people have enjoyed, for which I desire to bless God, and pray that he may bless those who have given them to me.
He will bring us all, rich and poor, white and black, to his judgment seat.
Those of you who can read I must beg you to read the Bible, and whenever you can get time, study the Bible, and if you can get no other time, spare some of your time from sleep, and learn what the mind and will of God is.
All the time spent idly, is spent wickedly, and is unfaithfulness to our masters.
Let all the time you can get be spent in trying to learn to read.
You have discovered so much kindness and good will to those you thought were oppressed, and had no helper, that I am sure you will not despise what I have wrote, if you judge it will be of any service to them.
We live so little time in this world that it is no matter how wretched and miserable we are, if it prepares us for heaven.
You know that murder is wicked. If you saw your master kill a man, do you suppose this would be any excuse for you, if you should commit the same crime?
It is very wicked for you not to take care of your masters goods, but how much worse is it to pilfer and steal from them, whenever you think you shall not be found out.
If there was no Bible, it would be no matter whether you could read or not. Reading other books would do you no good.
Besides all this, if you are idle, and take to bad courses, you will hurt those of your brethren who are slaves, and do all in your power to prevent their being free.