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us back. Certain processes & forms, probations, pardons have to be gone through with in order to get us back, when we have never been out! The Abolitionists warred upon us because we retained slavery, - now slavery is abolished & they still continue to war in words - They fought to keep us in the Union, - now that we are ready to return, they wish to refuse us re-admission - Can we please such a people!

F. 8 We have the Charleston papers giving us the result of the late election for Delegates to Convention. Charles Macbeth heads the list, Peter C Gaillard stands 4th - The highest vote was over 850 - Twenty members elected. The bridge over the Congaree is finished & the road will now be pushed forward rapidly, - the branch to Columbia expected to be finished by November.

S. 9 Philip Langley & Harry are preparing for a trading expedition into Edgefield & AbbeVille. Philip went up for Richard Dwights mule & returned today. They hire that mule, & take Clarke & my wagon & expect to start on next Tuesday. They will carry homespun, salt, tobacco &c, & trade for Bacon & other country produce. I understand my friend Holmes had his library & fossil collection all destroyed by fire lately his negroes being the incendiaries. Philip Langley says he dismissed all his negroes from his plantation last night This is another fruit of the black troops stationed for a while at Edgefield C. H. They have been quartered throughout the state long enough to sow the seeds of insubordination & violence. We heard two days ago that there had been an insurrection in S. W. Georgia & that 100 whites had been massacred, & that 3 regts U. S. troops had been sent there to quell the insurrection & arrest the murderers. If this proves true, it will create a feeling which will react with rigor upon the negro race throughout the country. I fear the fanatics of the North & their coadjutors the black troops will by their precepts & example infuse such sentiments in the poor ignorant negroes, as will cause their expulsion from the country, or their extinction as a race. Their best friends are their former masters, the whites of the South

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    Henry William Ravenel, 1814-1887: Private Journal 1865-1866:Page 48

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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

    Holmes, Francis Simmons, 1815-1882

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  • Scientific Plant Names

    Unknown or Not Applicable

  • Common Plant Names

    Unknown or Not Applicable

  • Contributing Institution

    University of South Carolina. South Caroliniana Library