On the last night of August, in 1886, the people of Mecklenburg were shaken up, and many of them alarmed at the convulsions of nature. Some few persons who had a clear conscience and a good digestion, slept on as peacefully as an infant. The first came about 10 o’clock, probably one-third of the people in Mecklenburg were asleep, and many of those who had done a hard day’s work, did not awake. But on the farms the negroes were badly frightened; they called their nearest neighbors to come to their relief; some prayed aloud with great earnestness; others thought some enemy was trying to pull down their house, and they were defending their premises with rifles, pistols, shot guns, or anything they could get hold of.
South Carolina is in the news right now as it readies itself for Saturday’s Republican Primary election in which voters will help select a presidential candidate for this fall.
As one of the longest continuously settled areas in America, South Carolina has a long history of dealing with presidents as we find in this 1883 book celebrating the city of Charleston’s first century of Incorporation. This is an exchange of letters between the city leadership and President George Washington.
It is indicative of the era that the city’s letter sounds as though it is addressing a supreme monarch while President Washington’s reply stresses the importance of democratic ideals as the source and foundation for national ‘happiness’.