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  • n. Plural form of overseer.

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Examples

  • For as ministers are called overseers, rulers, guides, pastors, and the like, so are they commanded to feed the flock, to take the oversight of it, and to rule the house of God,

    A Discourse concerning Evangelical Love, Church Peace, and Unity

  • ” He called the overseers, and the work was decided on without contradiction, something that had never happened before.

    Paras. 600–699

  • But the masters or their overseers were the only persons who were allowed to whip a slave, and no master would permit any one else to strike one, or mistreat him, unless the slave was acting very badly.

    Last of the Pioneers, Or Old Times in East Tenn.; Being the Life and Reminiscences of Pharaoh Jackson Chesney (Aged 120 Years).

  • He furnished that class justly described by a Virginian of that day as "a foeculum of beings called overseers, a most abject, unprincipled race."

    Great Epochs in American History, Vol. II The Planting Of The First Colonies: 1562—1733

  • Indeed, I found some of them to be wiser than the so-called overseers of the poor and selectmen of the town, and thought it was time that the tables were turned.

    Walden~ Chapter 06 (historical)

  • Indeed, I found some of them to be wiser than the so called overseers of the poor and selectmen of the town, and thought it was time that the tables were turned.

    Walden, or Life in the woods

  • Virginian: Mr. Wirt, in his "Life of Patrick Henry," speaking of the different classes in Virginia, says: "Last and lowest, a _feculum_ of beings called overseers -- the _most abject_, _degraded_, _unprincipled_ race -- always cap in hand to the Dons who employed them, and furnishing materials for the exercise of their pride, insolence, and spirit of domination."

    An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans

  • William Ladd, Esq. of Minot, Maine, formerly a slaveholder in Florida, speaking, in a recent letter of the system of labor adopted there, says; "The compensation of the overseers was a certain portion of the crop."

    American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses

  • A certificate to this purpose (of which printed forms are sold), with the blanks filled up, is signed by the measurers, and also by two persons called overseers, one of whom is usually the person applying for the road, the other the labourer he intends to employ as an overseer of the work, which overseer swears also before the justice the truth of the valuation.

    A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779

  • "There have been plenty of messages that have been sent to the overseers, which is this committee, that certain elements of NASA and other parts of the administration intend to follow their own directions instead of the law," said Senator Bill Nelson, the Florida

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