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Robert Barnwell Rhett (1800-1876) was an American politician who served as a deputy from South Carolina to the Provisional Confederate States Congress from 1861 to 1862, a member of the US House of Representatives from South Carolina from 1837 to 1849, and US Senator from South Carolina from 1850 to 1852. A bulwark of states' rights ideology and an early advocate of secession, he was a "Fire-Eater". Rhett published his views through his newspaper, the Charleston Mercury. Autograph Letter Signed "R.B. Rhett, Jr." to his father, app., datelined Charleston, March 22, 1852, near fine. In part, "The paper is getting on very well, and I thank you for the editorials sent me. I hope by this time you are quite well again and that the warm weather and exercise will strengthen your knees. We are all well here. Barnet, Elise and Alfred are in the country. In writing about the reopening of the slave trade in the Union, I wish you would elaborate carefully its impracticability of accomplishment, either by law or by smuggling. All any planters here consider it as already done and will never be stopped. They say thousands are now landed in Texas. It is a very obstructive question with the present prices of Negroes, and should, I think, be carefully and thoroughly handled at once. ..." Also included is a CDV by Anthony of New York shows a bust of Rhett Jr. Condition of both is near fine.
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Fire-Eater Rhett Discusses the Slave Trade With His Father

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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $625.00
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Auction closed on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
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