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MY DEAR JOHN, I wrote you at Augusta as you requested, and have delayed acknowledging yours dated there, in the hope of receiving an answer to mine.
I think you have done well in disposing of the boat, from the discription, which you give of the river.
I am sorry to learn from your sister, that the negroes at Clergy Hall have been in some instances disorderly. She feels quite uneasy about it. I hope that they have been brought into entire subjection; but I must ask it as a favour for you to see that all is right, and if not the most decided measures be adopted to bring them to a sense of duty.
We are going on prosperously in our political struggle. If no adverse incident occur the administration must sink into a minority not very respectable for number, talent, or character.
As it regards myself you have seen the foul attempt on my character. The Committee are going on in the investigation, and if I mistake not their report, tho' a majority are decidedly my opponents, will exhibit one of the most wicked attempts ever made, to destroy my character, extending even to perjury and forgery. You need not fear the result. I leave the Committee to their own course simply urging that the whole be investigated to the bottom.
The weather is very severe. This is one of the coldest days I ever felt. Let me hear from you, and rembr me affectionately to Mother.
- John C. Calhoun
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.