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

By Frances Anne Kemble; John A. Scott | Go to book overview

XXV
Rides and Visits

[ March 17-22, 1839]

Dear E[lizabeth],

I promised to tell you of my visit to my neighbor Mr. C[ouper], which pleased and interested me very much. He is an old Glasgow man, who has been settled here many years.1 It is curious how many of the people round this neighborhood have Scotch names; it seems strange to find them thus gathered in the vicinity of a new Darien; but those in our immediate neighborhood seem to have found it a far less fatal region than their countrymen did its namesake of the Isthmus. Mr. C[ouper]'s house is a roomy, comfortable, handsomely laid-out mansion, to which he received me with very cordial kindness, and where I spent part of a very pleasant morning, talking with him, hearing all he could tell me of the former history of Mr. [Butler]'s plantation. His description of its former master, old Major [Butler], and of his agent and overseer Mr. K[ing], and of that gentleman's worthy son and successor the

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Fanny here records the first of four visits to John Couper, who was her immediate neighbor at Cannon's Point. The son of the pastor of Lochwinnoch, a small village west of Glasgow, Couper had been settled in Georgia for sixty-four years when Fanny called upon him, and was in 1839 eighty years old.

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

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • General Table of Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Editor's Introduction ix
  • Title Page lxiii
  • Preface lxvii
  • Contents lxix
  • From Philadelphia To Georgia. December 1838 1
  • I - Thoughts on Slavery 3
  • II- Maryland, Virginia, And North Carolina 12
  • III - Charleston And the Sea-Island Coast 32
  • Butler Island. December 30, 1838- February 16, 1839 51
  • IV - Exploring Butler Island 53
  • V - Further Explorations 74
  • VI- Observations Upon Mr. Butler's Slaves 89
  • VII - Roswell King, Jr. 106
  • VIII - Sinda 115
  • IX- Slave Settlements 120
  • X - Psyche 132
  • XI - Shadrach's Death and Funeral 141
  • XIII - Three Days of Plantation Life 158
  • XIV - Visitors 172
  • XV - The Pine Barrens 179
  • XVI - The Move to St. Simons Island 187
  • St. Simons Island. February 16- April 19, 1839 197
  • XVII - Hampton Point 199
  • XVIII - A Furious Wind and Sea 205
  • XIX - Women in Slavery 214
  • XX - Sally, Auber, and Judy 232
  • XXI - No Trace of Pity 240
  • XXII - Visitors and Petitioners 243
  • XXIII - Visits to the Old and Sick 254
  • XXIV 259
  • XXV - Rides and Visits 265
  • XXVI - Broughton Island And Hamilton Estate 278
  • XXVII - A Planter Feud 290
  • XXVIII - Rides and Visits 297
  • XXIX - Christ Church 307
  • XXX - Rides and Visits 316
  • XXXI - A Conversation With John Couper 321
  • XXXII - A Fatal Encounter 325
  • XXXIII - The Wreck of the Pulaski 330
  • Appendixes 345
  • Editor's Appendixes 385
  • Index 417
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