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Taylor, E. W., fl. 1837 to Jeremiah Wilbur

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08476 Author/Creator: Taylor, E. W., fl. 1837 Place Written: Charleston, South Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 January 1837 Pagination: 4 p. : address : docket ; 25 x 20 cm. Order a Copy

Taylor, a Northerner who had moved to South Carolina and became a slave owner, explains his views on slavery and his willingness to fight for it. "If these matters are going to be carried so far as to the separation of the Union and blood must be spilt I fight for the South, & feel as though I could plunge the dagger to the heart almost of a brother in such a glorious cause. It would be for Liberty, Liberty." Believes abolitionists should leave well enough alone or the result might be the dissolution of the Union. Accuses abolitionists of being hypocrites and relays the story of a Northern minister who met a wealthy slave owning woman in the South and suddenly turned cheek and started railing against Northern abolitionists. Taylor states that he detests such men, "I candidly think that there are hundreds of others at the [N]orth who are now accusing the Southern Slave holder of cruelty &c&c- that would jump to do as this minister has done." Talks at length about how comfortable his life is now that he has a woman to make the house a home, not like their past bachelor life. Enjoys having a slave cook his meals and remembers a time when they had to worry about cooking for themselves because the cook quit. Addressed to Wilbur, a New York City merchant.

Taylor, E. W., fl. 1837
Wilbur, Jeremiah, fl. 1837

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