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He has been raised in our family & his people before him for many generations have been serving us, I must try to provide for him out of my limited (but more ample than his) means. All my negroes have behaved well during this trial to their fidelity, & I would like to reward them if possible. I think that the negroes generally as a race, have withstood the temptations to lawlessness & violence which might have been expected from 3 or 4 millions suddenly passing from slavery to freedom. It was not their doings, nor was it ours, - the northern people who knew comparatively but little of the relations & of the existing conditions of things, have effected this change, & must be held responsible for the results. I have no other wish, now that it is accomplished, & an irrevocable fact, than that it may prove successful - beneficial to the negroes & to the country. 

M. 4 I hear Capt. Both & his men have left Aiken, - & we are now without the presence of the military for the first time in nearly three months. We have not heard if any more troops are to come, but I hear we may have more blacks, if any are sent, as the white troops are now being mustered out of service. 

T. 5 [name] engine & train called at my wood pile today & took off 4 3/4 wood soon to be carried to Augusta. I have been supplying the road for two months - They take about 10 cords per week. The receipts from this source has enabled me to provide something for the family, without it, we would not have had the means to buy food. I have also taken a contract for 500 cross ties at 30 cts each, & have commenced getting them out. I give 75 cts per cord to the wood cutter, & 10 cts for each tie. I give the carter 15 cts per cord for hauling the wood - have not yet begun to haul the cross ties.

W. 6 We are having fine autumn weather warm at midday and pleasant at night. I am "making hay whilst the sun shines". On Saturday I collected 112 lbs Thomas grape & mashed them, adding 5 lbs sugar to the mass. To day I drew off the wine about 6 gals.

Th. 7 From want of mail facilities, we only occasionally see papers from a distance - Now & then we get a budget of Charleston Courier & Charleston Daily News, or of the Columbia Phoenix I have been looking over a number of these today. It is evident that the Radicals of the New England States will never be reconciled to the white man of the South. The political axiom now is that we have never been out of the Union, & yet the chief difficulty seems to be how to get

  • Title

    Henry William Ravenel, 1814-1887: Private Journal 1865-1866:Page 47

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  • Subject

    Aiken County (S.C.)--History

    South Carolina--Social conditions

    Ravenel family

    Fungi of Carolina

    Illustrated by Natural Specimens of the Species

    Botanists--South Carolina--History--19th century

    Berkeley County (S.C.)--History--19th century

    Botanists--South Carolina--History--19th century

    South Carolina--Social conditions

    United States--Description and travel

    Aiken County (S.C.)--History

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  • People

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  • Location

    Aiken County (S.C.)

  • Scientific Plant Names

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  • Common Plant Names

    Thomas Grape

  • Contributing Institution

    University of South Carolina. South Caroliniana Library