Thursday, February 22, 2007

Syllabaries and Profiteers

The Cherokees seem peculiarly partial to Guess's plan of writing [Sequoyah's syllabary]. They can generally learn it in one day and in a week become writing masters and transact their business and communicate their thoughts freely and fully on religious and political subjects by writing. They will doubtless be generally acquainted with this plan of reading and writing in the course of one year. - Journal of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, February 22,1825

The citizens have been very much enraged at [H. W. Nolen, a Massachusetts native living in Franklin, NC] having completely monopolized the shoe business, he bought up all the leather he could, made it into shoes & sold it to the citizens and soldiers at high figures—they being compelled to buy. He has been speculating in Brandy, and in fact in everything he has been engaged in, extortioning upon the poor wives of soldiers by selling them shoes at astonishing rates. . . . It does not look right that this Yankee pet should be permitted to extortion and amass a fortune off those who are defending our rights, when the Country is demanding and entitled to his services it should have them. - Mrs. H. T. McLelland to Gov. Zebulon Vance, February 22, 1863

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