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Letter, 2 July 1867, William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), Charleston, S.C.
to Mrs. E.A.C. Shedden

Letter, 2 July 1867, of William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), Charleston, to Mrs. E.A.C. Shedden, deplores "the miserable condition of this country," notes that the South's "Labour & Capital were blended...the Labour will not work & thus there is no capital left," complains of the exorbitant interest rates which forced planters to mortgage crops and land, and advises that even if the economic conditions of the country improved, "[t]he politics of the country...would suffice to kill them, and nothing now remains to our people, but turbid lives in desolation, to end at last in a general massacre."

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