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	Another �Post� Letter
doesn�t haunt the staircase of the pious news-
paper office.    The poor wife and her two children
still in Jersey.         Talked with Cobb and another
principally about South Carolina.      Dined with
Boweryem and Weston.    Up-town and writing
another Charleston letter for the �Post.�  It was
curious to be able to do the same without locking
the door of my chamber, and not to have to
rush out before 9, to post it secretly!

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        WILL FORT SUMTER BE ATTACKED?
		�����������
Northern Papers in Charleston�False Impressions
  Concerning the Rebellion�The True State of Af-
  fairs�Major Anderson and his Command�A De-
  scription of the Interior of Fort Sumter.
		�����������
	{From an Occasional Correspondent.}
	CHARLESTON, S. C., February 16, 1861.
  I have allowed a gap of almost a week to inter-
vene between this and my last letter, thereby de-
serving the title you bestow upon me to an extent
which might justify your supposing that even my
occasionality was becoming occasional.  I have
done this less from lack of matter (though the lull
in affairs here continues) than from want of the
stimulus of seeing the result of my labors in the
fair, broad pages of the EVENING POST.  I presume
it and the public get the benefit of them, (for I dis-
believe the stories about tampering with the mails
here�the impunity accorded to the �correspond-
ence� of those who manufacture or retail them
being a sufficient contradiction,) but I have no
means of verifying the fact.  You see one cannot buy
the EVENING POST in Charleston.  From New York
we get the Herald, the Journal of Commerce, the
amiable Day Book, Frank Leslie�s, Harper�s, and
some of the sporting papers.  Wherefore, my scrib-
ling is an illustration of the text about casting 
bread upon the waters, under the expectation of
finding it again after many days.
  I judge, however, from what I read in such north-
ern papers as are accessible, and from the report of
a friend recently returned from your part of the
country, that there is yet prevalent an almost uni-

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versal opinion, pregnant, I think, with delusion
and danger, which may be tersely summed up un-
der the following heads:
  1. That South Carolina represents her precipitancy,
and is heartily sick of secession;
  2. That she will not attack Fort Sumter, in the
event of her failing to obtain it by diplomatic and
negotiation;
  3. That she has played a game of Brag, (hitherto
unluckily successful,) but may finally be induced or
compelled (to use a suggestive vulgarism) to back
down, to recede from her position, to recognise
Lincoln and re-enter the Union;
  4. That the other seceded states will not stand by
her.
  On each of these heads I have more or less to 
say, and I write with all my depth of conviction.
             WHY THE REBELLION OCCURRED.
  That this state was precipitated into revolution
is a fact, though a small one, which has been unduly
exaggerated at the expense of almost forgetting the
reasons which rendered the precipitation so easy,
by far the graver and most important considera-
tion.  At the risk of sub-dividing my letter into as
many heads as an old Puritan sermon, I must en-
deavor to explain this.
  South Carolina never had any particular affection
for or loyalty to the Union; the nationality of her
sons (which is as intense as that of Englishmen
or Scots�I cannot use a stronger illustration,)
is devoted entirely to her state.  The first revolu-
tion showed this; she had been consistent in it up
to this one�always ahead and extreme in feeling,
she, however, only carried to excess one which
every educated traveller familiar with the South               
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