7 May 1861: “Knowing as I did that N.C. had always been loyal to Government, I believed she would ever remain so; but have been much astounded at the reports we have from there within the few weeks past.”

Item description: Letter of 7 May 1861 from a D. Clapp, of Danville, Illinois, to William A. Graham.  The letter discusses the issue of slavery and the writer’s understanding of President Abraham Lincoln’s stance on the issue.  In the wake of seceding states, Clapp appeals to the the state’s allegiance to the Constitution.

Item citation: From folder 196 of the William A. Graham Papers #285, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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