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Krepp, B. (fl. 1835) to Nathaniel Wordin

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04601.13 Author/Creator: Krepp, B. (fl. 1835) Place Written: Columbus, Mississippi Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 April 1835 Pagination: 4 p. : address ; 25 x 20 cm

Describes the area where he lives in Mississippi as a clearing in the middle of an immense forest with a few houses and about 1600 inhabitants, half of them slaves. Reports that they have a Methodist and a Presbyterian church and a temperance society which he has joined. Discusses his hope that temperance will spread and prevail over vice. Gives a description of the crops, the land, and the weather. Mentions that on the other side of the river is the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. Comments that he believes the Indians are abused by the white men, who con them by getting the Indians drunk to buy their land cheaply. Describes seeing a tribe of 600 Indians and makes observations on their manners and customs. States there were several Negroes with them. Mentions fights he has witnessed in the town and states they are fairly common. Gives regards to family and friends and asks for news. On address leaf he writes that there has been a case of small pox that has many people frightened.

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