For example, a report from the North Star plantation on St. Croix tells about the week of September 13-19 in 1830. There were 65 enslaved laborers on the plantation, of which 3-5 were absent from work for sickness, and one was loaned out for road work on the Morning Star plantation, which lay approximately 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away. Eighteen horses and mules were available as beasts of burden. Work was done at this time of the year on clearing the fields of weeds and preparing them for planting sugar cane cuttings. On Monday the enslaved were provided the week’s ration of corn (maize) meal and herring for their own households. The physician routinely visited the location the same day. On Friday the enslaved laborer Martin reported for work without his pickax, so he was punished with 24 blows with a cudgel and put in the plantation’s lockup for four days. Sunday was a day of rest, when the cattle were simply led to be watered at the sea.
The report also relates that North Star had a stock of pickaxes, meal, herring, sugar and rum. The diseases among the enslaved included leprosy, fever, stomach ache, and toothache – which was cured by pulling out the tooth.