Charleston Feby 1st 1866.Mr T. B. FergusonDear SirYour favor of 30th ult. was received this morning and contents noted. I have purchased the Lacing leather Stock and die plate and the parcel containing them will go up tomorrow viz if the R.R. agent will take them on board in the morning. Your letter came too late in the day to have them sent up before 3 O'clk PM today.I learned today at Cameron B & Co that the Mill has been here for two weeks and that your brothers firm was informed of it, if so they have no doubt informed you, as they are generally very prompt in giving attention to business. I am sorry to learn that you have had trouble with the work done by Mr Darcy and hope you have seen the extent of it, and applied the remedy.I notice your remarks respecting the freedmen on the place, occupancy of houses at pleasure &c and consequent uncomfortable feeling. After receiving your views of a contract dated 16th ult. I consulted freely with your brothers and such others as I thought might throw light on the subject. I found very few- not more than one or two who were offering monthly wages, all on the Cooper River as far as I could learn were offering a share in the crop, whether from a want of ability to pay wages &c or because they believed an interest
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Heyward and Ferguson family papers, 1806 - 1923
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