Fairchild, M.
Autograph Letter Signed, Salem, July 22, 1858, to his daughter

folio, two pages, formerly folded, some smudging, else in good clean and legible condition.

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Fairchild writes his daughter touching upon the sectional crisis and Southern Character:

"My dearly beloved, my pure & noble minded child,

You may well suppose it would trouble me much to hear how you have suffered when utterly blameless as of course any one well acquainted with you must know you are.

A weaker one than yourself might sink under such suffering, but such suffering, but such would not have been in providence thus called to suffer, to you it is given to suffer, and though I doubt not will be given to endure.

That you the daughter of a New Yorker who a hand in politics should suffer thus would perhaps be pleasing to some of the "softs" and abolitionists who have always blamed me for standing up for the South in all my conversations &c  For although such private matters can not have any bearing whatever on politics still such folks never omit the opportunity to say a spiteful word of the South or any one who stands up for the South & are particularly pleased when any meanness is shown by any Southerner and try to inflame the "northern feeling"

But while it must be confessed that you have found one set guilty of meanness think how many more you have found good & true, nobly coming to your support in the hour of need; and in this they show what I have always understood to be the Southern character as well among private citizens as among statesmen and politicians, doing every thing with a noble generous chivalry that challenges the admiration of all.

As I understood the matter there is no one who asserts anything to your prejudice (if there is I'll pursue the matter to the end) - All agree that it is a lie and the only question is who is the liar - of course Rebecca and her generous relatives are not guilty, her consistent frankness seems truthful & there seems to be nothing to fix malice or improper motive upon her.

Although it is most generous and honorable to tender you a home, as your friends there have done, still it is often considered more handsome to decline than to accept such kindness for any unnecessary length of time - But such an idea would never be entertained a moment by a true Virginian - He never makes an offer of hospitality however great which he would be sorry to have one accept..."