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	Ripley applied privately to Colt about the possibility
	Fort Moultrie, when in Anderson�s possession.  Very
faced English woman and I felt sorry to hear
it.     Marchant, himself, short, acquiline-nosed,
with a moustache and imperial, rather a red
face and an O�Brienish voice, has a spice
of the Jew in his genealogy, which, then, I
was unaware of.      He had crossed the Atlan-
tic six or seven times, settling in Charleston,
preferring it to all other trans-Atlantic locali-
ties and being perfectly persuaded of the intrinsic
admirableness of Slavery and the justice of Se-
cession.       He belonged to a military company
here.         The theatre, closed at present in conse-
quence of the times, exhibited in front of it, a
foolish transparency depicting crowded wharves,
arriving and departing vessels and other indica-
tions of maratime prosperity, as appertaining
to the good time coming.           At night I
must have sent off this dispatch to the
Evening Post:

[newspaper clipping: first column]
  CHARLESTON, S. C., December 28, 1860�7 P. M.
  To-day�s Charleston papers, which you will re-
ceive by the same mail which conveys this, will
confirm my yesterday�s news, in some respects
supplying additional details.  The Courier�s account
is the best, though its description of last night�s
condition of the dismantled Fort Moultrie is exag-
gerated.  Since its occupation by the state autho-
rities no visitors, unless duly authorized by a
special permit, have been allowed within the
fortress, where the troops are busy enough effect-
ing arrangements for permanent possession.  It
is intended to undo and remedy, as soon as pos-
sible, Major Anderson�s recent destructive labors.
The upspiking of the guns, in the absence of the

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necessary implements, must take a long time.
Meanwhile, a few shot and shell from Fort Sum-
ter, which shows its teeth grimly enough across
the waters of the bay, may demolish Fort Moul-
trie, bringing it in ruin about the ears of its pre-
sent occupants.
  Will Major Anderson attempt this?  That is
what we are all discussing.  I conclude not.  His
removal was simply a precautionary measure, based
on defensive principles.  An officer in the service
of the United States, in charge of its property, re-
sponsible for the lives and safety of the handful of
men under his command, left to his own resources,
without instructions or reinforcements from the
government�it was unquestionably his duty to
place himself in the best position obtainable.  That               
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