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Letter, 2 Jan. 186[1], Rob[er]t A[nderson] Thompson to Nean [Craig]
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Letter, 2 January 186[1], of Rob[er]t A[nderson] Thompson (1828-1914), Charleston, to Nean [Craig, Pickens District], reports the return of South Carolina commissioners from Washington, D.C., after having failed to reach any compromise in negotiations with the federal government. “Nothing but our strength, & the confusion of our Enemies,” Thompson wrote, “can prevent open war at once.”

The letter further comments on news of the secession vote in Georgia and the governor’s seizure of forts at Savannah—“A despatch is here from Augusta, Ga. At 12 o’clock...1,200 votes had been polled, & the Secession candidates had over 900! Georgia has, we think, gone right this time....Gov. Brown telegraphs us that he has...taken the forts at Savannah. Great events are upon us.”

The manuscript is incorrectly dated 2 January 1860, no doubt due to haste in writing, the excitement of the times, and the writer’s confusion at the start of a new year.

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