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Letter, 20 January 1862, of
Iveson L. Brookes, Vicinity of Hamburg, to
Samuel G. Lawton

Letter, 20 January 1862, of Iveson L. Brookes, Vicinity of Hamburg, to Samuel G. Lawton, discusses the procurement of shoes for slaves. "I had left for meeting on Saturday morning before George arrived," Brookes writes. "He pursued and delivered your letter...containing $110.00 also 35 shoe measures. I had but 33 pair of shoes left having let a neighbor have a parcel of the average size....I send the lot 33 pair. Thirty one of the measures are filled in shoes some perhaps rather tight unless the measures are a fraction longer the foot of the negro whose name each gives. The two pair without measures are a size similar to some containing womens names and a size suitable for a boy &c....As the four measures unfitted bore the names of men I supposed you wished me to get shoes for them. Accordingly after some search in Augusta I found a Jew having a lot Georgia made Russets priced at $3.00 but proposed to put them by the quantity at 87? I told him I would take 4 pair at that price which he at first refused but when I was about to go elsewhere he agreed to let me have them but could not fit the large measure: that I got at Royals who happened to have a few extra sizes of an old yankee lot he had not been able to sell. Cost $3.00."

The postcript is of particular interest?"In regard to the yankee profer to deliver the Island negroes to their owners I suppose they may have a twofold enducement to make this offer. Through reckless wastefulness of the negroes & the yankees the year's supply of provision is about out & they will have to feed the negroes. But perhaps their main object is to get the small pox spread through the country. I hope owners of slaves will count the cost of complying with the insidious proposal. It may be that the yankees begin to fear they will be held accountable for the loss of property in negroes & other damages & would fain shirk the responsibility. The negroes too may learn a useful lesson themselves to be subjected for a time to the hardships of freedom under the vandalism of yankeedom."

Two manuscripts, 19 December 1863 and 30 September 1864, augment the Library's holdings of the papers of Iveson L. Brooks. The earlier item, a letter from Jos[eph] A. Lawton, Allendale, to Iveson Brooks' son, W[alker] J. Brooks, Orange Grove, forwards $1834.50 carried by Lawton's "trusty servant Joe"?"which money has been left in my hands for yourself & Mr. Mike Calhoun....The $834.50 was collected for you & left with me by Mr. I.P. Hyers....$500 each for yourself & Mr. M. Calhoun was left here by Capt. George Kirkland for horses impressed by government agent." The later item is a receipt for corn purchased from W.J. Brooks by the Confederate States of America.


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