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1812 Mr. Bemis had to transport his manufactured goods by his own teams overland to Baltimore, Alexandria, and even Richmond. His teams would be gone on these expeditions several months, bringing back, as return freight, flour, tobacco, and other articles of southern products. One house in Baltimore made sales for him in 1812-13 of about $20,000, and another in 1815-16 of more than $21,000. The brick building in which the English weavers worked is still standing. His duck was made of Sea Island cotton, which then cost 20 to 25 cents per pound, while the No. 1 duck during the war sold at nearly $1 per yard. He introduced the power loom in 1816, His looms were set up by a Mr. Stimson, machinist, of Cambridgeport. and by this means reduced the cost of weaving from fourteen cents to nine-tenths of one cent per yard. In 1831 the price of duck was 35 cents per yard. Mr. Bemis discontinued the manufacture of duck in 1816, resumed it in 1830 and continued it till 1836 when he relin
harleston Mercury, of the 8th inst., we extract the following: Up to a late hour yesterday evening, all was quiet at the various military posts along the sea- coast. The enemy have threatened to burn every house and outbuilding they find deserted, and have already begun their work of vandalism, having applied the torch to the fine residences of Mr. Adams, Mr. Chaplin, and Mr. Wm. Fripp. The last-named gentleman is well known as having first introduced into use an excellent seed for Sea Island cotton. Three negroes from Barnwell Island, who were taken at Page's Point on Monday, report Mr. Trescot's house to have been occupied by a party of Yankee officers. A few days ago, Major Jones, (from York District,) of Col. Dunnovant's Regiment, S. C. V., sent three men in a canoe, to a small island off Cunningham's Bluff, to burn the cotton house and barns, which they succeeded in doing. The enemy turned out as soon as they discovered the fire, but they were too late; the party ha
vulgar ignorance and bombast of the Northern Cabinet. I fear you have the prospect of another struggle for Charleston, but the spirit of your people will, by God's blessing, be equal to the occasion. I have little to say about business. Sea Island spinners generally continues on full time. Egyptian is very much substituted; and their stocks of Sea Island were so large that the small quantities running the blockade, or captured, which come here, have been sufficient to keep up stock, thoSea Island were so large that the small quantities running the blockade, or captured, which come here, have been sufficient to keep up stock, though not to keep down prices. I cannot help again saying how deeply I sympathize with you in your struggle. The frenzy of the North is appalling. The excesses of the French Revolution may be said to be almost, and probably soon will be quite, reached. Humanity is outraged and Christianity banished, or at least fails to make its presence known. I do think that better days are in store for you and for us at no distant day. A writer in Blackwood's Magazine, in speaking of the blood thi