From a book about Surinam written by John Stedman who was with an army sent there in 1744 to crush a slave rebellion
A planter gets out of his hammock at dawn and goes to the porch around his house where breakfast is waiting for him. He is served by the most attractive of his young male and female slaves. After breakfast the overseer reports on which negroes deserted, died, fell sick, recovered, were caught, bought or born.
Captured runaways or anyone who has been a slow worker, or broken any other rule, are brought up for
punishment. Without being allowed to speak in their defence, they are hung from the beams of the porch, or a nearby tree and beaten with whips, while the master and overseer walk up and down talking.
The planter then walks or rides over part of his estate and, at ten, has another meal. He reads, plays chess or otherwise amuses himself until the heat of the day, when he goes to his hammock.
He rises at about 3 o'clock, washes and eats another meal. At 6 o'clock the overseer returns and makes another report. There are more punishments. Then they decide on the work for the next day.