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mrs. royall's southern tour. or second series of the black book

by mrs. anne royall

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In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ;" and also, to the act entitled "An act supplementary to an act entitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned," and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints,"

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the public seal of my office, tho day and year aforesaid.

EDMUND I. LEE,

Clerk of the District Court for the District of Columbia.

Charleston Harbor has always, is now, and from the nature of its sandy bottom, will ever be dangerous and difficult.

Long before you reach port, you are boarded by a pilot whose charge is proportioned to the size of the vessel, and is oppressively high. I think Capt Bray paid from $20 to $25 for a very small sloop, for which $ 10 would have been fair, between brothers. Now, if this money went to benefit the harbor, or the wharfs, or any part of the commerce of the town, it might, one day, indemnify the pay-all; but it is exclusively, the pilot's perquisite. On the other hand, if I recollect, the pilot is bound for the vessel and cargo, from the moment he takes the helm. No matter how well any man, owner, or captain of a vessel, knows the harbor, he is not allowed to enter. These pilots, however, are very genteel men, I might say, perfect gentlemen; they behave very honorably, and are much beloved and esteemed by all nations who trade with Charleston. They are always upon the bar, and the moment you reach their limits, they come aboard without ceremony; ours was on board and at the helm before I knew it, though 1 was lying within a few inches of him. (I lay down during the whole time.) He had been nine years a pilot— the Captain has no more command of the vessel after he comes aboard.

We just reached port as the tide began to ebb, or we should have been obliged to await for the next tide.

Charleston Harbor is as handsome a sight as I ever saw, not excepting that of New York; and the appearance of the city, as you approach it, is the most happy and triumphant specimen of beauty on the Atlantic *hore. Charleston, like New York, lies between two rivers, Ashley and Coeper; but New York runs infW'the harbor ia a sharp point, and you see but little 6f the city

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excepting the steeples, as the North and East River meet at an obtuse angle. Charleston meets you in an even and deep front— Cooper river running parallel with the shore some distance, meets the Ashley at a right angle; but the business part of the city ranges along the shore of Cooper river, where a long line of ware-houses rear themselves up in full view at once; whereas, those of New York run up East river, out of sight. Charleston, too, is more elevated, and is not hid by the dense clouds of smoke which constantly hover over New York—the houses are lofty and bright; these, with Sullivan's island on our right, also covered with buildings, made a splendid appearance. It seems that all writers have been silent on this beautiful bay, which is divided into East and South Bay.

But the cold chills ran over me, as I heard a peal of church bells ringing [Sunday] and I naturally enough concluded there was little hospitality in Charleston.

If we had no other evidence but the entire subversion of every thing estimable and patriotic, in this once interesting town, this alone is sufficient evidence, if the truth must come, that America must fall!! It is impossible for her to maintain her present government, unless .ignorance, vice, hypocrisy and bigotry are qualifications.


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