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Trowbridge requested how frequent this view used to be. The younger guy stated it used to be overwhelming. “There are fifteen hundred balloting males within the county, and all yet a couple of hundred and 80 think and speak the best way I inform you. They can’t be reconciled. … those people who are capable are getting ready to to migrate. A fund has already been raised to ship brokers to pick lands for them in Mexico. ” Trowbridge requested if the younger guy hadn’t encountered related animosity within the North towards the South. He acknowledged he had, yet just a little. “And there has been this distinction: within the North it's only a number of ignorant humans, of the poorer type, who hate the South. i think the mass of the Northern humans, whereas they hate treason and uprising, have purely type emotions towards the Southern humans. yet with us it's the prosperous and influential category that hates the North, whereas purely the terrible whites and negroes have any loyalty at center. ” An Alabama planter registered melancholy instead of hatred. “The nation is ruined,” he informed Trowbridge. “The prosperity of our humans gave up the ghost with the establishment of slavery. I shall by no means try and make one other fortune. I made one, and misplaced it in a minute. I had one hundred fifty thousand money in niggers. i'm now sixty years previous. I’ll guess a swimsuit of garments opposed to a dime, there’ll be no cotton crop raised this 12 months. ” This guy anticipated that blacks could locate their freedom a combined blessing. “Some few niggers move on, and do good, simply as sooner than; yet they’re may scarce. ” Others, in particular the elderly and infirm, might lengthy for the protection of the outdated days, after they might anticipate a roof over their heads and nutrition on their tables. Already the response was once atmosphere in. “A nigger drayman got here to me the opposite day and requested me to shop for him. He stated, ‘I desire a grasp. while I had a grasp, I had not anything to do yet to consume and drink and sleep, in addition to my paintings. Now i need to paintings and imagine too. ’ while I acknowledged the legislations wouldn’t permit me to shop for him, he appeared a great deal discouraged. ” (Commenting at the trade, Trowbridge wrote, “I heard of some such instances as this drayman’s, yet they have been some distance much less universal than one might have anticipated. ”)15 JOURDON ANDERSON were the slave of Colonel P. H. Anderson of huge Spring, Tennessee. Upon emancipation he went to Nashville prior to heading north for Ohio, the place he bought a letter from his outdated grasp. “I acquired your letter and was once completely happy to discover you had no longer forgotten Jourdon,” he spoke back (with the aid of a literate friend), “and that you simply sought after me back and dwell with you back, promising to do greater for me than anyone else can. ” Jourdon acknowledged he had felt uneasy in regards to the colonel for the reason that that they had parted. “I inspiration the Yankees could have hung you lengthy earlier than this for harboring Rebs. … i guess they by no means heard approximately your going to Col. Martin’s to kill the Union soldier that used to be left via his corporation of their solid. ” Jourdon acknowledged he had no not easy emotions, “although you shot at me two times earlier than I left you. ” He despatched his regards to the full kinfolk. “Give my like to them.