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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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and others worse. The slaves are under the
management of one or two overseers, appointed by the
master, and under these there is, for each village,
a “driver,” who wakes the slaves in the morning,
or drives them to work when they are late. The
driver is always a negro, and is often the most
cruel and severe man in the whole plantation; for
when the negro is unmerciful, he is so in a high
degree, and he is the worst torment of the negroes.
Free negroes who are possessed of slaves—and
there are such—are commonly the worst of masters.
So, at least, I have been told by trustworthy
persons.

Charleston, April 26. Yesterday I was present
at the funeral procession of the Carolina statesman
and senator, Calhoun, whose body was taken
through Charleston. The procession was said to
contain three thousand people; and it seemed
indeed to be interminable. The hearse was
magnificent, and so lofty upon a large catafalco that it
seemed to threaten all gateways made by human
hands. Many regiments paraded in splendid uniforms,
and a large number of banners with symbolic
figures and inscriptions were borne aloft; it
was all quite dazzling, and all went on well. All
parties seemed to have united with real devotion
and admiration to celebrate the memory of the

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