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Letter, 6 Sept. 1845, J.K. Munnerlyn, North Santee, S.C., to
James R. Pringle, Charleston, S.C.

Letter, 6 September 1845, of J.K. Munnerlyn, North Santee, to James R. Pringle, Charleston, reports on the uncertain prospects for Pringle's rice crop and the illness plaguing slave children on the plantation. Munnerlyn indicates that part of the crop was equal in quality to that of the previous year, while part was inferior. The letter discusses in detail the many problems encountered by rice planters, low lying lands flooded with salt water, volunteer rice that germinated from the previous year's crop, rice birds and grasshoppers, and "alumy new lands" that did not yield quality rice "until after the land has been worn down some."

"I am very sorry to inform you that Bess's child died on yesterday morning, & your woman Cate's is lying extremely ill & I do not expect it will live," the letter continues. After naming several other slave children who were sickly, Munnerlyn wrote, "They have a bowel complaint with watery stools after stools & the Doctor gives them astringents but appears as if it does no good he gives calomel & crabs eye's first....I am truly grieved to see them drop off one after the other so fast & got them from considerable pains raised as large as they are."

A postscript offers a comment on the likely cause of the prevailing sickness, "Sometimes I think it is the musquitoes here as I never knew them worse then this summer, that gives them the fever."


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