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Text for Page 203 [01-03-1861]


[newspaper clipping continued]
  Mr. Dunkin, another Chancellor in the Conven-
tion, is well known to Reporters from his disposi-
tion to kick against an account of their speeches,
&c.  He is a man of good understanding, and some
legal attainments.  On the Bench his rulings are
very severe, and he is said to deal out the full mea-
sure of justice to all criminals.  In appearance he
looks something like the Baltimore Bonaparte,
with head shaped similar, and short, stubborn grey
  Hon. Maxcy Gregg is a noted lawyer of recog-
nized ability and legal acumen.  He is most easily
recognized on account of peculiarly constructed
ear trumpets, which he uses on account of deafness.
In manner, he is quick and nervous; is of a san-
guine temperament, and speaks very fast.  His
face is remarkably good.
  Among the rest, Mr. R. N. Gourdin is also quite
a prominent member.  The greatest peculiarity of
the man is his constant desire for secret sessions.
He is, nevertheless, a man of much information and
acuteness.  A merchant by profession, he possess-
es great commercial ability, and is one of the larg-
est Cotton factors in this city.
  Leonidas W. Spratt is a pale and sickly-looking
gentleman, formerly editor and proprietor of the
Charleston Standard.  He is the recognized father
of the movement to revive the African slave trade.
  One of the greatest minds in the Convention is
acknowledged to be Hon. C. G. Memminger, of
Charleston.  This gentleman, you will remember,
as the Commissioner South Carolina to Virginia.
He has the appearance of a careworn lawyer, with
pale complexion, eyes set far back, broad, high
forehead, and prominent cheek bones, with slightly
grey hair.  He is a fluent, eloquent speaker, and
close thinker.

[newspaper clipping]
  WE TAKE THIS METHOD of informing the
community that we have our new, comfortable
Jail finished, and are now prepared to take
charge of all Negroes sent to our care.  We pay as high
prices as times will afford.  Strict attention paid to Negroes
put in our care for sale, but no advances made until times
get better.  Always put your Negroes where they will get
plenty to eat and good lodgings.
  Jan. 3d, 1861.			          19-tf               
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