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Thursday Morning, May 16,1867.
Letter from Ex-Guv. Perry.
Wo pnblisb, this morning/ another
lotter from Hon. B. F. Perry, and it
is ono that we feel wo can commend
to the careful perusal of our readers.
Hin two former communications to
this paper have been extensively pub?
lished throughout tho Slate, arti, of
coarse, bis views and position at tho
present time must bo familiar to a
large majority of the voters, and? at
mis trying juncture-of pnblio nffhirs,
will be carefully weighed and consi?
dered by them. .
There aro many truths iu tho pre
*" sent letter which will he acknow?
ledged and felt by thousands of true
bearted Carolinians, even while
dissenting, not so much from his
views of tho past as from the course
bo indicates for their present action
under tho circumstances in which
they aro placed. We will accord to
bim honesty ol purpose. This is nil
the point of difference between Gov.
Perry and ourselves, and those who
think with us. None doubt the truth
of much that he bas written, for bis
statements are undeniable; but very
many fail to perceive tho wisdom of
the policy be suggests, or share in
bis apprehensions of the dire results
of a failure to pursue the course he
recommends. While many hearts
beat responsive to tbo mournful pic?
ture he has drawn of the sad, Bad
?change which has como over thc
spirit of Carolinians, they look around
them and see that there is no way ol
escape from tho ruinous and great
evils that now press sorely upon
them, but obedience to the laws
which an unfriendly party and Con?
gress has forced upon them.
Few will doubt the sinoerity of thc
?convictions of tho writer, which he
expresses as to the future of the peo
pie of this arid other States, sh o nit
they re-organizo under tho present
laws; but with us, they feel that h<
is mistaken. Wo do not believe thal
tho colored people-that is, any in
flucntial portion of them-at least ii
this State, will become antagonists
to the whites, among whom thei
were born and raised, by the selfisl
and hypocritical declamations o
radical orators, who como to wheedl<
and coax thom to sustain that party
purely for party purposes. Many o
the most intelligent, and consequen tl1
the most influential, among tho co
lored people know, aud aro tho
roughly convinced of tho true objec
of their efforts, und will act and go
vern themselves and others in accord
auce with their convictions.
And again, with thc lights befor
us-the speech of Speaker Colfax, ai
extract from which we published yes
terday; the expressions of Senato
Wilson on various occasions; th
tone and avowed sentiments of nenrl
all tho Republican press of th
North-wo believe that the distil
. guishod writer is mistaken in hi
expressed apprehensions that the prc
. sent reconstruction mensures, faitl
folly carried out, will not bo a finnlit
to the sectional difficulties now iuej
istence. Wo think they aro; aud' a
though we may be mistaken ourselves
yet should tho party in power prov
recreant to their pledges in tins ri
spoct, by faithfully carrying out tl
measures they have enjoined upo
us, we will have tho consolation <
knowiug wo have done our dui;
while their broken faith will be tl
rook upon which the party will spli
and bo utterly shipwrecked.
With these romnrks, wc submit tl
.present letter to tho consideration i
oar readers and tho people of tl
State generally. All tho writer h?
said of our changed political situ
tion and tho broken spirit of our pe
pta will have a cordial sympathy fro
thoso who read this letter, while tl
exposition of bis own political slain
iu tho past and at tho present tim
will force all to accord to him tl
great virtues of sincerity, honesty
purpose aud perfect consistency.
-? ? ? ?
Georgia Diocesan Convention of tl
Episcopal Church, now in sessio
have elected unanimously Dr. Jol
W. Beckwith, of New Orleans,
Bishop, vice Bishop Elliott, decease
Tho Bishop elect is a nativo
North Caroliun, and about thirt
eight years of age. Ho graduated
Barnard Collego, Mass., in 1852, wi
honors, and is highly spoken, of f
his extensive loaming and dec
? ? i n -m i > . . i n -~~-:
Hr. I)n.vl? In Court-HU Urlcoir.
We have read with much interest
the detailed report of the appearance
of Mr,, Davia itt the United Statis
Court lat Richmond, last Monday,
and tho interesting scene* which took
place during tho preliminary hearing,
and those which followed tho an?
nouncement of his discharge. The
entrance of Horace Greeley, precisely
at ll o'clock, created great excite?
ment among tho large andionco who
filled tho court room. Tho, entrniice
of the distinguished prisoner, escort?
ed by General Burton, and his being
formally turned over to tho ci vir au?
thorities, in responso to tho writ of
habeas corpus, is said to have been a
very affecting scene. Tho deafening
applause which rang through the
court room when Judgo Underwood
gave tho order: "Tho Marshal will
discharge the prisoner," created such
a furore that, amid the huzzas and tho
waving of hats, the Assistant Marshal
had to exclaim, in a loud voice, ' 'The
court will have to bo cleared unless
order is preserved." After his re?
lease, Mr. Davis received many con
grutulations and took his departure,
the court Adjourning until the next
day. ? fe.
Thus ended tho two years' impri?
sonment of the first and chosen rep?
resentative of tho people who com?
posed the late Confederacy. It is au
event that will give joy and gladness
to tho whole of that people, and is
an act that will do moro to restoro
friendly feelings between the people
of both sections, and will be more
effectual iu effacing tho mischievous
effects of the harangues of itinerant
party demagogues, thau any that
could have been done by tho Govern?
ment. We have no doubt but this
act of clemency-late though it
comes-will bo a powerful instru?
mentality in restoring mutual good
feelings between tho wholo people ol
tho United States.
Letter from Hon. B. V. Perry.
To the Editors of the Columbia Phoenix
It is most extraordinary, indeed,
and will be as terrific in its result:
as it is now strange and wonderful,
to see an educated, refined and gal
laut people seeking repose and pro
tection from apprehended politica
evils under the government and con
trol of their former slaves-an in fe
rior race, utterly ignorant and de
based! There is nothing in tho history
of all the nations of the earth, fo:
the last six thousand years, compara
bio to it, in folly and madness. Fu
ture ages will regard it as the mas
remarkable fatuity that ever possessei
any people.
What a change has come over tb
spirit and feelings of South Carolim
withiu the lust seven years! Tin
Federal Union was then beniticent
republican and constitutional. Ther
was not uh Act of Congress, for eigh
previous years, which any one oom
plained of as unjust or oppressive
Wo were as happy and prosperous a
a people could be. And yet tba
Union was hated and despised! Th
people rose up en masse and.solemnl
determined to rid themselves of i(
or die in the attempt! Now, tho
Union has trampled tho Constitutio
iu the dust, violated every rep?blica
principle', and heaped on us tyrnnn
and oppression, which, its Chief Mi
gistrate declares, no people, spe.akin
the English language, have ever borm
for tho last five hundred years! An
the people of South Carolina have a
changed, within seven short yenrl
that they aro now clamorous to g<
back into that Union, and hug ii
tyruuny and oppression to their bi
soms-to lick tho rod that has smol
them to tho earth and desolated the:
State! In order to hasten their ri
turn, they aro not only willing togn
up nil the rights of their State-a
constitutional and republican princ
pies, and self-government-but I
transfer tho Government of the
once proud and chivalric State int
tho hands of tho negroes! Iutell
genoe, virtue and refinement aro I
bo ruled by ignorance and bascnes
Tho wealth of tho State to bo tnx<
and plundered by a race of pauper
who will portion out the lands ur
vote themselves homesteads, ar
whoso legislation will bo such as I
bring, eventually, sooner, or later,
war of races, in which one or tl
other must be exterminated. Whil
writing. I have been told that confi
cation was boldly avowed by the n
gro convention which assembled :
Charleston last week.
It is n great mistake to suppo
that, by all this humiliation and d
gradation, we shall get back into tl
Union, or bo relieved of militai
government. Congress has given i
such guarantee, and loading radien
assert tho contrary. The Union w
not be restored till after tho next Pr
sidential elec?ou-the votes of tl
Southern States aro not- wanted j
that election. A military gover
mont, or a standing army, in Soul
Carolina, after tho eufranchisemci
of the negro, will be absolutely ne?
cessary, to. preserve the peace and
keep down the oppressed white race.
Nothing else will do it. Instead of
being relieved from the oppressions
of Congress and military xulo, we
shall have called into existence, by
our own votes, a third power, more
odious and revolting, more galling
and destructive, than- either of the
other two.
No one "who reflects can mistake
tho purpose of tho radical party-tho
sole purpose which they have in view
-and to accomplish whioh they nre
nt tempting to move heaven and earth.
They have been influenced in their
recent atrocious, barbe rous legisla?
tion much more by the hope of con?
tinuing nnd perpetuating their power
in the Government, and their exist?
ence as a party, than by any love for
tho negro, or wrongs on tho Southern
people. If their purpose had been
solely revenge, they could have in?
stituted, all over tho country, prose?
cutions for treason, and by military
commissions or negro ju a have
brought any prominent man to the
gallows. For two or three yenrs,
they waged war against the Southern
States without nttempting to inter?
fere with slavery, or raising a finger
to relieve tho poor African from his
thraldom. It was only when they
found that tho "Great Rebellion"
could not bo otherwise suppressed,
and that they could successfully uso
our slaves agaiust us, that they de?
clared them free, and enlisted them
in their armies. This was a new ele?
ment, and a most powerful ono,
whioh they brought into tho contest.
By it, they increased their forces
200,000,. and greatly weakened tho re?
sources of the Southern States. They
cared nothing for the negro, except
to seo him slaughtered in battle, in?
stead of their own soldiers. This
was the extent of their lovo and phi?
lanthropy for the African race-no?
thing more, nothing less. It is sup?
posed that 1,000,000 of this unfortu?
nate people, who were happy and
contented slaves, perished during the
war by disease, hunger, cold, expo?
sure and neglect, or wero killed in
battle. And no candid or impartial
mau can say that the condition ol
tho survivors, as a whole, has been
benefittcd. Timo will provo that
their destiny, as a free race in thc
Southern States, is extinction.
A now vision has now broko u^ou
tho wicked hopes and purposes ol
tho radical Congress. They think,
by giving universal suffrage to th?
negro, they will he able to radicalize
the Southern States. With this aim
tho military bill was passed, destroy
ing the States, disfranchising leading
public men aud enfranchising tin
negro. They were afraid to take B?
bold a step in infamy and in violntioi
of all constitutional rights before tin
elections, last fall, in tho Northen
States. Had they dono so, tho;
would have been deposed in all thos
States where tho negro is not allowee
to vote. The elections in Connecti
cut, this spring, prove this fact
Large Democratic gains in all th
municipal elections North give evi
dence of tho truth of this assertion
Kentucky has just swept the radier
party out of that State. Every wher
wo hear of a re-action in favor of cor
stitntional liberty. If wo will hav
patience, and bear our wrongs lik
Christians and patriots, our delivei
anco will como; but, for God's saki
do not let us ourselves rivet th
chains on our own bauds.
In order to radicalizo tho Soutl
and stir up antagonism between tL
two races, and set them to cuttin
each other's throats, Rep?blica
emissaries, black an?l white, grei
aud small, aro traveling nil over tl
Southern States, and making ti
most incendiary speeches, orgui
izing secret societies, and formic
"Union leagues." Senator Wilsoi
of Massachusetts, gave the people <
Charleston, tho other week, a spec
men of his tactics and political 'str
tegy. Nothing can be moro diabbl
cal, or Jess likely to promote tho tn
interests of the black man, than sm
a course. It will, however, go vei
far towards estranging tho freedm?
from us, and building up a strot
and powerful radical party iu all tl
Southern States. If left alone, tl
negro would net in harmony with li
former owner. It is his interest
do so. But of this there is nc
little hope. Every day.by means
this railical agitation anilmisrepreee
tallou, he v.ul be less and less und
the influence of his true friends ai
neighbors. At present, out of tl
towns and villages, thc negro car
nothing about his right of sn (Traf
and knows nothing. Unless inf]
enced by bad mon, ho will not tro
ble himself to registemor voto. Th
however, will not always be the ca*
If, therefore, we aro wiso in t
coming election, true to ourselv<
and have tho true interests of t
negro at heart, we may defeat t
call of a convention, and save t
State from radicalism and agrario
ism, and a war of races in thefutu:
It never eau bo done afterwards.
It is said that the adoption of t
military bill, with all its con:
quences, is not moro dishouoral
than what tho Southern States hu
already done, by abolishing slav?
and adopting tho constitutioi
amendment ou that subject. This
a strange assertion. What dishoi
i's there in setting your slaves fr?
Can there be any? But there is d
liouor in placing yonrself under t
control and government of th?
daves after they aro made free. T
surrender of Lee and Johnston v
iu acknowledgment thabslavery v
abolished. The Federn! armies wero
here to' enforce it. The slaves, too,
bad become so much demoralized
that almost every ono was willing to
give np the institution, and no ono
now .desires to see it restored. Bat
is this un argument for giving np
Belf-govern?ient, republican princi?
ples, Constitution al liberty, tho rights
of the States, and placing ourselves
at the mercy of our freedmen? "When
South Carolina abolished slavery, sho
hnd an assurance, too, that she would
be forthwith restored to tho Union,
with all her constitutional rights un?
impaired. Now, we ure told, after
all this humiliation and degradation,
if South Carolina will radicalize her?
self and elect Black Republicans,
they may be admitted to their seats
in Congress! Who wishes to bo ad?
mitted into the Union on these terms?
No act or deed yet done ? bas sullied
tho fair escutcheon of tho Palmetto
State. ' It is to bo hoped that none
will be in tho future".
' I have been charged with incon?
sistency in opposing tho reconstruc?
tion of tho Union. I nm not op?
posed to reconstruction. No man in
South Carolina, or tho United States,
more earnestly desires to seo tho
Union restored as it was before tho
war. It is the nearest and dearest
wish of my heart. But I will not
dishonor myself or my State, or
bring ruin on my country, to obtain
such a Union as is now proposed. I
have been charged, too, with incon?
sistency in going with my State after
she seceded. I can only reply by
saying that my notions of duty,
honor and patriotism differ widely
from those of my accusers. It is true
that I was a Uniou mau, and did all
that I could to preserve tho Union.
For thirty years I defended it, with
my pen, with my speech and with my
right arm.* But when South Carolina
seceded from that Union, I said to
Governor Means, who desired to
know tho courso I intended to take,
"That the State was going to tho
devil, and I was going with her."
From that day to the end of. thc war,
I was as zealous and earnest in her
defence as any son she had. I re?
garded it my duty, imposed by honor
and patriotism, to aid 8,000,000 of
my fellow-citizens, who had uuited,
whether wisely or unwisely, iu their
attei .pt to establish that sacred right
of self-government proclaimed in the
declaration of independence. South
Carolina was tho land of my nativity,
tho home of my family, kindred and
friends. In her bosom reposed the
bones of my forefathers, and I should
have been a traitor to her interests,
honor aud glory bad I raised a pnri
cidal arm against my native State. A
rebel, reluctant and unwilling, I did
become. My father was one in '76.
But a tntilor I never can be.
il. F. PERRY.
-. ^5 ?-*
Suffering lu tilla State.
We find in tho New York Herald, of
Saturday, a communication from Go?
vernor Orr, onclosing for publication
in that paper, a long list of extracts
of letters from various Districts,
showing the terrible destitution
which prevails in every section of
this State. Tho Herald, in publish?
ing them, says:
Wo need not add a word to tho
official exhibition thus afforded of
tho destitution and suffering prevail?
ing in South Carolina. The plain
recital of facts which it contains is
sufficient to show the extent of the
distress throughout almost all the
Districts of the State. It furnishes
full information to all who feel a
generous interest in the misfortunes
of a deluded aud unhappy people.
Tho Governor states that n? has no
hesitation in endorsing the state?
ments made in the letters from
which extracts aro taken. He is
personally acquainted ..with the
writers of nearly all the letters. And
those bear testimony to the heart?
rending fact that old persons and
little children, women and men,
blacks and whites, aro not 'only on
the verge of starvation, but, in too
many cuses, have "already starved to
death." In more thau ono District,
"many wander about in a starving
condition." The testimony of Mr.
J. Aiken with reference to the Fair?
field District is, wo fear, true of
many other Districts, that the greatest
want is not with the extremely poor,
bnt with those who aro trying to
labor, without means of future sup?
port." Surely the simple statement
of tho facts in the case will be enough
to enlist tho sympathies of all. But
if wo add that similar accounts of the
destitution in the South are daily
reaching us from every Southern
State, with tho exception, perhaps,
of Texas, which, in some respects,
has enjoyed an immunity from the
consequences of tho late war-a war
too well described by a sensible
Southerner as "unnatural"-wo aro
confident that no heart can bo in?
sensible to such au appeal as that
of Governor Orr.
The special fund provided for by
? joint resolution of tho lute Con?
gress, for the relief of Southern des?
titution, is to bo applied in aid of
none but the very destitute, Avho will
receive one bnshel of corn and eight
pounds of moat per month for each
adnlt person, and one-half the above
amount of corn aud meat for each
child between one and fourteen years
of age; ajid this issue of food will be
diseoutiued as soon ns early vege?
tables nud fruits shall be grown. So
directs the Secretary of War, in a
recent circular.
POST OFFICE HOURS.-The; office is
open from 8 a. ra. until 3)? p. m.,
and from 0 until 7 p. m. The North?
ern mail closes at 3,- j p. mi] and all
other mails close at 8 p. m.
RETURNED.-Dr. P. W. Gibbos re?
turned homo yesterday, from a West
orn tour of several weeks' duration.
Ho will bo cordially welcomed by his
numerous patients.
GODEY FOR JUNE.- "We nre indebt?
ed to Mr. J. J. McQorter for a copy
of this reliable lady's book for June.
It contains a great many novelties.
called to tho advertisement of C. F.
Jackson, Esq., in another column. We
aro assured by him that this is not
tho usual fictitious announcement, but
is genuine, ns buyers may provo for
CARDS! CARDS!-Show cards, busi?
ness cards, visiting and wedding
cards, executed at thc Phoenix Job
Oflico, in the neatest styles of tho
art. Cards of all sizes constantly
on hand, and all orders from town or
country promptly attended to.
We woidd call especial attention to
the article on the third page, from
the Now York Insurance Monitor, tho
official organ, relative to the iEtna
Life Insurance Company, of Hart?
ford, Connecticut. The facts which
it presents may well startle the minds
of many who have had but a limited
knowledge of the business affairs of
this company. Its growth is beyond
all pr?c?dant in the history of lifo
insurance. H. E. Nichols fe Co., of
this ci*y, aro the agents for the State
of South Carolina.
cial and other circulars, iu the various
forms-note, letter and commercial
post-neatly printed in our Job
Office, and all work of this descrip?
tion finished in the best stylo of print?
ing, and at moderate prices.
TUE SOIREE.-It is with great plea-,
I sure we state that .Tanney's Hall
was again filled Inst night, and it is
now an established fact that tho just
expectations of tho Indies will bo
realized. In plain terms-Ute fence
will be built. Tho concert was spoken
of very favorably by those who were
near enough to the stage to hear
what was going on; the burlesque by
J. Lawrence Eej'nolds, jr., was inex?
pressibly droll. The soiree will be
kept up this evening, and the con?
cert is to be repeated, with, perhaps,
a slight chango in tho programme.
A HOME JOURNAL.-The best family
journal now published in the South
is the Gleaner, issued from this office.
[ It contains weekly eight pages of
solid reading matter, excluding ad?
vertisements entirely. A specimen
number will bo sent to any one de?
siring to subscribe.
The accidental burning out of a
foul chimney, on thc premises of J.
C. Kenneth, Esq., yesterday morn?
ing, caused tho alarm of fire to be
sounded. No damage was done.
is a large eight page quarto journal,
and from tho first line on the first
column of the first pago to tho. last
liue on. the forty-eighth column, it
abounds with select matter; cm
bracing, besides tho news of tho
week, choice tales, sketches and
poetry, which mako it, as its name
indicates, a truo "homo companion,"
which no family in the State should
be without. .
Jon PRINTINO.-Thc Job Office of
the Phoenix is as complote ns any in
the South. It is furnished with now
fonts of typo of all descriptions and
of tho most modern styles. All work
executed promptly, with taste and
skill, and at reasonable rates.
stead of buying Harper*? Weekly and
other trashy and slanderous publica?
tions of tho North, subscribe to the
G'leaner, which contains more read?
ing matter, and of a far superior
quality, than any of them. Tho ex?
amination of a single number will
convince tho most skeptical of tho
truth of this assertion. Subscribe
without delay; and another thing is i
promised-that at the end of tho
year, if tho numbers are preserved,
you will have a volume to bind worth
ten times the subscription price.
- MATK Bnoorr Fonsven.-We rnvre
almost daily evidences of the fact
that Kain street ia' regaining its for?
mer prestige os a business thorough?
fare. Messrs. Gregg & Co. have
removed to their handsome estab?
lishment, corner Main nnd Taylor
streets, and with lnrge additions to
their general stock of crockery,
house-furnishing articles, etc., pre?
sent a fine appearance.
Messrs. Duflio A. Chapmau have
received tho Juno number of Demo
rest's monster monthly. It has .an
extra quantity of fashion plates, etc.
Our supply of typo and facilities of
press-work cnablo us to turn out from
tho Phcenix office the most attractive
styles of posters, band-bills, &c., at
short notice, and in the most satis?
factory manner.
CnnAP COHN.-An anonymous cor?
respondent, writing from Charlotte
a communication to this paper says:
"I beg leave to state, through your
columns, that corn cnn bo purchased
on tho Western North. Carolina Rail?
road-Statesville or Morgantou-at
prices ranging from Si. 05 to $1.10;
freight to Charlotte 18 cents per
bushel. I have no doubt but that
your farmers would savo a great deal
by purchasing on the line of this
road. I make tIiis statement for the
benefit of the farmers between this
and Columbia."
As the writer has not sent us his
name, we have no means of verifying
his statements, and simply publish
them for the information of any who
desire to make the necessary in?
Tho Gleaner, issued every Wednes?
day, from this office, defies competi?
tion ns a literary and news journal.
Thoso who subscribe to it aro kept
well posted up in tho current events
of the day, as it ombraccs the tele?
graphic news, political, commercial,
state of the markets, ita, up to the
hour of going to press.
COLUMBIA, S. C., May 15, 1807.
Editors of the Phoenix-GENTLE?
MEN: Your publication, of this day,
I in reference to the Ladies' Relief As
sociation of New York, may excite
expectations, which I desire to re
move. Mr. Sullivan sent mo $100 ir
January. It was immediately distri?
buted among tho needy and worthy.
I have, also, received $100 from Rev.
Dr. Fuller, of Baltimore, aud $637
from friends iu Kentucky. These
funds havo been tlisposcd of accord
ing to their instructions. T regret te
add that there aro persons in ami
around Columbia whom charity onbj
confirms in idleness and worthless
ness; and this is the class most ela
morons for aid. They need not ap
ply to me-I have nothing for them
COACH.-We had tho pleasure, yes
terday, of visiting a new and ciegan
passenger oar, just completed at th
shops of thc Cbnrlotto Railroad, ii
this city. The cm- was built undo
the supervision of Mr. Brown, th
master carpenter of the company
nr.d its construction, both for dure
bilby and neatness, reflects great ere
dit on bis skill and taste. The grsir
ing of th3 painting was very tastefull
executed by Mr. Collier; tho orm
mental painting, by Mr. Milne, cai
not bo surpassed by any artist, Nort
or South. The upholstery, execute
by Mr. W. Bouschell, we undorstan
in the employment of Messrs. Brei
nan Sc Carroll, is very tasteful. Ti
arrangements for ventilatiou nu
lighting the car by night are admir;
bia The whole structure and eejai]
ments of this new coach reflect gre:
credit upon tho enterprise, skill an
tasto of all concerned, aud we unele
stand it has been constructed nt seo
of from $1,000 to $1,500 lees than
similar carriage-though not so ham
some or convenient as this-built I
a Northern company. Tho car wi
make n short triul excursion trip th
morning, as far as Doko Statioi
when we hope to test its runnir
Nsw AnvKRXisBMKNTH. -Attention is Ca
nd to tho following advertisements, win?
arc published this morning for tbs Mr
Gregg A Co.- Removal and Redaction,
Jacob Levin Usc. n. Soap, Uniter, Ac
Dr. lt. \Y. Gibbes- Returned Home.
C. V. Jackson -Drv Goods at Cost.
Schedale on N. C. Central Railroad.
-? ? ?? ?-.
It will be seen, by r?f?rence to Mr.
C. Shiver's advert isenieut, thal he open
fdr the week, another lot ni gooda, at li
popular low prices. Last week was a ha
vint to houuu-kei pt rs and furnishers
selecting from hi* ?tock, and this wei
promises equally so.

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