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

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

XXXIII
The Wreck of the Pulaski

[ April 17,1839]

Dear E[lizabeth],

We shall leave this place next Thursday or Friday [April 18 or 19], and there will be an end to this record; meantime I am fulfilling all sorts of last duties, and especially those of taking leave of my neighbors, by whom the neglect of a farewell visit would be taken much amiss.

On Sunday I rode to a place called Frederica to call on Mrs. A[bbott], who came to see me some time ago. I rode straight through the island by the main road that leads to the little church.

How can I describe to you the exquisite spring beauty that is now adorning these woods, the variety of the fresh, newborn foliage, the fragrance of the sweet, wild perfumes that fill the air? Honeysuckles twine round every tree; the ground is covered with a low, white-blossomed shrub more fragrant than lilies of the, valley. The Acacias are swinging their silver censers under the green roof of these wood temples; every stump is like a classical altar to the sylvan gods, garlanded with flowers; every post, or stick, or slight stem, like a Bacchante's thyrsus,1 twined with wreaths

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The thyrsus was a flowering staff attributed to Bacchus, god of wine, and to the crew of women--Bacchae--who accompanied him and took part in his rituals.

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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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