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    [Blockade Running]. Two Letters Regarding the Shipment of Confederate Cotton through the Union Blockade. In the earlier of the two letters, a one page letter from South Carolina Governor Milledge L. Bonham, 8.25" x 13.25", Columbia, January 1, 1864, Bonham writes to William C. Bee, owner of the Importing & Exporting Company of South Carolina (a blockade running company), regarding the "exportation" of cotton through the Union blockade and the goods needing "importation," in part: "On inspection of the Act I do not find a clause requesting me to apply to the Confed. Govt. to exempt the ships from the obligation to carry out cotton . . . As to the selection of such articles as I may deem most advisable to meet the wants of the citizens & soldiers of the State I will say first here that in addition to the long range guns supplied by you, blankets, shoes, clothing, arms, ammunition, machinery & the usual agricultural implements which we cannot manufacture, should be mainly the articles imported on State." This letter, Bonham's own retained copy, is written on the verso of an unused Confederate election return form. Mat burned around the margins; one small hole near the upper edge. Separation of the main vertical fold has been repaired at the lower edge by tape on the verso.

    In the second letter, also one page, 8" x 10", on Bank of South Carolina letterhead, Charleston, June 2, 1864, Charles M. Furman, president of the Bank of South Carolina, writes to Governor Bonham regarding the use of Bee's ships for exportation of government cotton per an authorization from Confederate President Jefferson Davis, in part: "The President . . . has authorized the Shipment on Board of the Fannie & Alice one third of the cargo in place of Gov. cotton. Mr. Bee the President of the Company is not at present in the City. . . . but I propose to write at once to the agents of the Company . . . proposing them to put on Board of either the Company's Steamers that may be in port a portion of cotton. . . . There is some uncertainty as to our arranging with the Bee Company at any rate for both voyages as I informed that the Fannie is to be sent to have a new boiler put in . . . I may be able to get the Chicora or one of the other Companies to enter into the arrangement in place of the Fannie." Smoothed folds; small spots of foxing.

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