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    Hampton Endorses Limited Black Suffrage

    Wade Hampton: 1867 Autograph Letter Signed. 4-page letter written on 6.25" x 7.75" bifolium lined writing paper, Columbia [S.C.], April 11, 1867 to John Mulally, Esq. Hampton was the largest slaveholder in the South and had an illustrious career in the war. His immense wealth naturally evaporated with the abolition of slavery, yet he managed to get elected Governor of South Carolina in the post-war years. He talks about some legal, legislative issue."... I agree with you that an appeal should be made to the Supreme Court... we cannot get a verdict in time to do us any good... if that verdict should be in our favor, the Radicals will destroy the Court as they have done every other department of the Government... suppose the court can not or will not render a decision for some months or years? What are we to do in the meantime? The Radicals & the Negroes will take possession of the South & will crush out any hope of ultimate deliverance... All we do now we do under compulsion & all our acts are illegal... If a Constitutional party ever gets into power again, our rights under the Constitution can be restored to us... The negroes will certainly vote: how they will vote depends greatly on us... A limited suffrage would do us good, for universal voting is a curse... I have hopes that this party will regain influence & having learned by bitter experience that principles are safer guides than expediency... I hope that your anticipation of defeat to the Radicals may be realized but much harm will be done by them before that time comes. It was in the power of Mr. Johnson not only to have destroyed this party but to have brought the South back to the Union with more 'Loyalty' than has existed here for 25 years. Kindness and magnanimity would have won the heart of the South... now she is pinned to it solely by bayonets... The condition of our country here is fearful & nothing keeps the people from starvation but the kind charity of friends. God send us deliverance." Terrific content with great insight into the attitude of Reconstruction-era Southern politicians and leaders!

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