Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838- 1839

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VI Observations upon Mr. Butler's Slaves

[ January, 1839]

Dear E[lizabeth],

We had a species of fish this morning for our breakfast which deserves more glory than I can bestow upon it. Had I been the ingenious man who wrote a poem upon fish, the white mullet of the Altamaha should have been at least my heroine's cousin. It is the heavenliest creature that goes upon fins. I took a long walk this morning to Settlement Number Three, the third village on the island. My way lay along the side of the canal, beyond which, and only divided from it by a raised narrow causeway, rolled the brimming river, with its girdle of glittering evergreens, while on my other hand a deep trench marked the line of the rice fields. It really seemed as if the increase of merely a shower of rain might join all these waters together, and lay the island under its original covering again. I visited the people and houses here. I found nothing in any respect different from what I have described to you at Settlement Number One. During the course of my walk, I startled from its repose in one of the rice fields a huge blue heron. You must, have seen, as I often have, these creatures stuffed in museums; but it is another matter, and far more curious, to see them stalking on their

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