In the first letter, written August 26, Semmes complains that he has not been allowed to take his position as probate judge of Mobile County: "Do I read the President's proclamation of the 20th. inst., declaring that peace prevails throughout the...
In the letter Horton agrees with Swayne's recent suggestion that African Americans be appointed to the police force in Mobile: "I think it is but right as well as politic that they should have a fair showing, and the sooner it can be prudently...
In the letter the men discuss the murder of a freedman, who had been appointed a registrar in the county. They have been unable to find the young man who shot him, and tension is building: "The excitement occasioned by the outrage of yesterday was...
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