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Letter of Quinton Anderson to Thomas Ruffin, January 15, 1822

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Letter of Quinton Anderson to Thomas Ruffin, January 15, 1822

Description

This letter from Quinton Anderson to Thomas Ruffin includes Anderson's refusal to enter the slave trade with Ruffin. This letter is significant in that it shows that slave trading was not looked upon with respect in the 1820s. Anderson turns down the opportunity because he does not want to be involved in "business of that nature" and that "the trafic (sic) itself, against which the feelings of my mind in some measure revolt."

Creator

Quinton Anderson

Source

Quinton Anderson to Thomas Ruffin, 15 January 1822, Thomas Ruffin Papers, Collection 641, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Date

1822-01-15

Type

Document

Coverage

Caswell County, North Carolina

Original Format

Correspondence

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Caswell, 15th January 1822
Mr. Ruffin,
Dear Sir, On Sunday last I had an interview with my Brother William Anderson, on the subject of business of which you spoke to me on Saturday Evening. He appears disposed to enter into business of that nature but as it respects myself, I have after giving the subject mature consideration, came to the conclusion that the situation of my business forbids that I should embark in business of that nature, not the least consideration with me, is the trafic (sic) itself, against which the feelings of my mind in some measure revolt. In order to raise the necessary funds to prosecute the business to advantage, a resort would have to be made to some of the ___ Institutions of the state, which to me would be unpleasant. Their mode of ___ business with their Customers is so strongly marked with tyranny as to disgust a free and Republican Spirit, believe me sir wen I say that no friend of yours would be more grateful to render you any service than myself particularly under your present Circumstances as named by yourself to me when I last saw you, but the reasons which I ___ I know to a mind like yours will be satisfactory.
In hopes you may be able to hit upon some ___ that will better answer your ___, than the one of which you spoke to me, while I remain with all due respect yours.
Respectfully
Q. Anderson

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Quinton Anderson, Letter of Quinton Anderson to Thomas Ruffin, January 15, 1822, Civil War Era NC, accessed September 23, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/597.