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DEAR JAMES. . . . There is a good tone getting up here in reference to the rail road. I cannot doubt of the vast superiority of the route by the Carolina gap. You must make a movement at Abbeville. I wrote to Patrick Noble about it, but you know he wants energy. I also wrote to Francis Pickens to give the impulse at Edgefield. We have had a meeting at old Pendleton. It will be followed up by meetings at Pickens and Anderson. We must have able directors from this side. McDuffie must be one. You and our friends must insist on his subscribing the 50 shares to qualify himself for the place. With proper efforts the road may be taken this way; and if it should, I do not doubt that it will be the best stock in the State. I feel confident that $6,000,000, by the Carolina gap will carry it from Charleston to the Ohio such is the great facility of the route.
We are all well and all desire their love. Anna will be very glad to see you.
- Fort Hill
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.