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John Laurence Manning Papers [Addition],
15 and 17 Sept. 1859

Two letters, 15 and 17 September 1859 document the acquisition of African-American slaves by South Carolina governor John L[aurence] Manning (1816-1889). The earlier letter, from Joseph H. Dulles, Philadelphia, to Gen. Aug[ustus] M. Smith, reiterates the former's stipulations with regard to the pending sale of slaves?"in reply to your enquiry whether I would agree to sell a part of my negroes to Gov. Manning...although I entertain the highest respect for that gentleman and would have the fullest confidence in passing these people into his possession, it is and has been my fixed determination not to sell them with a prospect of their being separated? And while I was willing in May last to assent to your suggestion that Mr. Charles Haskell might unite with you in the purchase, it was with the understanding that the negroes would all be settled on adjacent plantations and reside in the same neighbourhood."

The second letter, written by Smith from New York is addressed to Manning at Manchester. "Yesterday Mr. Dulles & myself concluded the Trade for his negroes," Smith wrote. Dulles had "he positively refused to sell if they were to be divided. I assured him that their condition would be improved in your hands, also of your Humanity & kind treatment to the Slave, but all to no purpose....He said, he had religious scruples upon the matter, & felt that he would not be doing his duty to consent to a division, & that nothing would induce him to sell If they were to be divided hereafter."


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