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Letter, 22 January 1836, John N. Dow, Augusta, [Ga.]
to Charles G. Dow, Haverill, Mass.
Letter, 22 January 1836, of John N. Dow, Augusta, [Ga.], to Charles G. Dow, Haverill, Mass., was penned in response to his brother's request for "some account of the southern country—as you have some idea of making a move." "The south is undoubtedly a good place to make money," the letter advises, "and at the same time it is an excellent place to spend it. It is very expensive living here—particularly in the way of clothing....Besides it is quite dangerous to live here....No one who has never been south can tell how much one suffers here in summer—setting aside the danger of being carried off by the prevailing diseases of the season."
Noting that a number of his friends had "gone to the assistance of the people of Florida—who have...suffered much from the depredations of the Indians," Dow continued on to suggest that his brother "would be greatly amused at some of the peculiar characteristics of the southerners. For instance if you happen to offend a gentleman in the presence of a lady, you must expect to have a regular fight. Or else you will be despised by the ladies and called a coward by the gentleman—which in this place—is enough to blast the prospects of any young man. It is no uncommon thing to see a person minus an eye or an ear or a part of his nose—having had it gouged out or bit off in a fight. In fact it is absolutely necessary for every one to carry some kind of a weapon about him for self defence."
In a postscript, Dow reported that he had just joined "a volunteer corps formed for the protection of our city in case of an insurrection of the black population. So long as the northerners continue to send their incendiary publications here & express themselves in favour of abolition there is every reason to expect trouble from the blacks who are much more numerous than the whites."
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