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Good war-date Confederate plantation owner's letter, 3pp. 4to., by Col. Gabriel E. Manigault (1809-1888), South Santee, McClellanville, [S. C.], June 18, 1862, to his wife, Annie Porcher Manigault (1822-1881), reading, in part: "…we can do nothing here but work our corncrib & the negroes from White Oak continue sickly. 6 grown negroes have died…those at Romney are sickly. I am most anxious, but cannot come up…I mean to experiment on the making of salt by a new process. After a few days I will send Philip up again and some negroes as soon as I hear that the salt is there. Let me know the price of [?] in that part of the country. Having plenty of provisions down here…I am doubtful about moving [?] immediately…G. Manigault…I am afraid our nieces did not bargain for so dull and rough a mode of life as you have been leading at Summerton, almost in a state of distillation. I hope it will not affect your health or that of any of the family…". Gabriel E. Manigault was an influential man during his time. He had the ear of South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens during the early years of the Civil War, including during the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861. Many of these letters can be found on the internet while others are in private institutions including the University of North Carolina. Folded for use as a stampless cover, but with five cent Jeff Davis stamp bearing a manuscript cancel, "South Santee, S. [C.], June 18, 1862." Overall VG to near fine.
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An Influential South Carolinian, Gabriel E. Manigault Says 6 Grown Negroes Have Died While He Experiments With Salt Refinement

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Estimate: $300 - $500
Auction closed on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
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