Our Man in Charleston


But after these first encounters with Charleston society, Bunch cautioned Clarendon, ”It is most difficult for anyone not on the spot to form an adequate idea of the extreme sensitiveness and captious irritability of all classes of this community on the subject of Slavery.” Even people who were, on other issues, “sensible and well informed, “wanted to hear nothing about slavery’s “inconveniences, its injustice, or its atrocities.” Bunch told Clarendon that for South Carolinians slavery was “the very blood of their veins.” Everything they produced or owned depended upon it, and “they became absolutely frantic when any attempt is made to interfere in their ‘domestic concerns,’ so that they would go to any length, and defy the Federal government, Great Britain, or the world combined, if an alteration in their Legislation were sought by coercion, or were it even threatened.” – Our Man in Charleston Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey


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