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The South needs repose to recuperate her energies after the devastions of war - she needs also rest from the incessant warfare of calumny, & vituperation, & misrepresentation with which she has been pursued for thirty years past by fanatics, who under the garb of philanthropy for the negro, assailed us with a venom vindictiveness worthy of demons.

Sunday 17 Philip Langley & Harry returned last night from their trading expedition, clearing expenses and making some little profit. Ferment stationary since yesterday morning.

M. 18 Ferment falling - wine clear, lost its sweetness - Drew off this afternoon, about 3 gals. Richard & Rowena are preparing to leave us tomorrow morning for Orange Hill & will return in a week.

T. 19 Richard & Rowena left us this morning to return next week, preparatory to going down to St Johns. They have some of the Pooshee negroes at Abbeville whom they wi11 carry down with them.

W. 20 Walked into Aiken this morning; - saw a Charleston daily News containing account of first day's proceedings of Convention, & Governor Perry's message. The latter is well constructed & advisory 
The Convention had organized, D L Wardlaw elected Presdt No business yet transacted, but preparatory steps taken. 
R B Rhett Jr just from Columbia says the convention is an able set of men, & will accomplish their work. Old Mr Alfred Huger had made a speech which drew tears from all who heard him. Barnwell Rhett is about going North to purchase materials to start the Mercury again in Charleston.

Th. 21 Received Columbia papers, the Phoenix, yesterday by Henry's wagon from James Wilson. The Convention moves slowly. They have rescinded the ordinance of secession, only three voting in the negative. They have voted to lay on the table a resolution not to enter into any hind of business except the restoration of the State to the Union, - & will therefore take up the question of the Parish representatives, election of Governor, & of Electors of President. The Parish system will be abolished & the elections above mentioned given to the people. A resolution was submitted on Friday last, appealing to Presdt Johnson for Mercy

  • Title

    Henry William Ravenel, 1814-1887: Private Journal 1865-1866:Page 52

  • Date

    1865-09-16

    1865-09-17

    1865-09-18

    1865-09-19

    1865-09-20

    1865-09-21

  • 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

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  • Scientific Plant Names

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  • Common Plant Names

    Grapes

  • Contributing Institution

    University of South Carolina. South Caroliniana Library