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or, The Sovereign Rule of South Carolina.

With Views Of Southern Laws, Life, And Hospitality.

By F. C. Adams.

Written In Charleston, South Carolina. Washington, D. C.:



CHAPTER I. THE Unlucky Ship CHAPTER II. The Steward's Bravery CHAPTER III. The Second Storm CHAPTER IV. The Charleston Police CHAPTER V. Mr. Grimshaw, the Man of the County CHAPTER VI. The Janson in the Offing CHAPTER VII. Arrival of the Janson CHAPTER VIII. A New Dish of Secession CHAPTER IX. A few Points of the Law CHAPTER X. The Prospect Darkening CHAPTER XI. The Sheriff's Office CHAPTER XII. The Old Jail CHAPTER XIII. How it is CHAPTER XIV. Manuel Pereira Committed CHAPTER XV. The Law's Intricacy CHAPTER XVI. Plea of Just Consideration and Mistaken Constancy of the Laws CHAPTER XVII. Little George, the Captain, and Mr. Grimshaw CHAPTER XVIII. Little Tommy and the Police CHAPTER XIX. The Next Morning, and the Mayor's Verdict CHAPTER XX. Emeute among the Stewards CHAPTER XXI. The Captain's Interview with Mr. Grimshaw CHAPTER XXII. Copeland's Release and Manuel's close Confinement CHAPTER XXIII. Imprisonment of John Paul, and John Baptiste Pamerlie CHAPTER XXIV. The Janson Condemned CHAPTER XXV. George the Secessionist, and his Father's Ships CHAPTER XXVI. A Singular Reception CHAPTER XXVII. The Habeas Corpus CHAPTER XXVIII. The Captain's Departure and Manuel's Release CHAPTER XXIX. Manuel's Arrival in New York CHAPTER XXX. The Scene of Anguish CONCLUSION APPENDIX


OUR generous friends in Georgia and South Carolina will not add among their assumptions that we know nothing of the South and Southern life. A residence of several years in those States, a connection with the press, and associations in public life, gave us opportunities which we did not lose, and have not lost sight of; and if we dipped deeper into the vicissitudes of life and law than they gave us credit for at the time, we trust they will pardon us, on the ground of interest in the welfare of the South.

Perhaps we should say, to support the true interests of the South, we should and must abandon many of those errors we so strenuously supported in years past; and thus we have taken up the subject of our book, based upon the practical workings of an infamous law, which we witnessed upon the individual whose name forms a part of the title.

Imprisoning a shipwrecked sailor, and making it a penal offence for a freeman to come within the limits of a republican State, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, seems to be considered commonplace, instead of barbarous in South Carolina. This may be accounted for by the fact that the power of a minority, created in wrong, requiring barbarous expedients to preserve itself intact, becomes an habitual sentiment, which usage makes right.

This subject has been treated with indifference, even by the press, which has satisfied itself in discussing the abstract right as a question of law, rather than by disclosing the sufferings of those who endure the wrong and injustice. When we are called upon to support, and are made to suffer the penalty of laws founded in domestic fear, and made subservient to various grades of injustice, it becomes our duty to localize the wrong, and to point out the odium which attaches to the State that enacts such laws of oppression.

A "peculiar institution" absorbs and takes precedence of every thing; its protection has become a sacred element of legislative and private action; and fair discussion is looked upon as ominous, and proclaimed as incendiary. But we speak for those who owe no allegiance to that delicate institution; citizens to all intents and, purposes (notwithstanding their dark skins) of the countries to which they severally belong; peaceable persons, pursuing their avocations, to provide a respectable maintenance for their families, and worthy of the same protective rights claimed by the more fortunate citizens of such countries... Continue reading book >>

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