Judah P. Benjamin.
[from the Charleston news and courier, January, 1898.]
, pp. 297-302.]
We are indebted to the Hon. James Sprunt
, of Wilmington, N. C.
, for another interesting contribution in regard to the early life of Judah P. Benjamin
He is confirmed in his opinion that Mr. Benjamin
lived in Fayetteville, N. C.
, and attended the ‘Fayetteville Academy,’ where he attained distinction in his studies, and was prepared for college.
His conviction is based upon ‘the competent testimony of the venerable R. C. Belden
, of this State’ (North Carolina
), ‘who was an intimate friend and schoolmate of young Benjamin
We publish both Mr. Sprunt
's letter, and Mr. Belden
's statement to-day.
In the absence of other testimony, we would say that Mr. Sprunt
had made out his case; the most that we can concede, however, in view of abundant testimony upon the subject, is that Mr. Benjamin
may have been a pupil at the Fayetteville Academy
for perhaps a year.
Indeed, this is all that Mr. Belden
It is admitted generally, that the Benjamins came to the United States
was only four or five years of age, and Mr. Ezekiel
says that the time of their immigration was 1815. Mr. Belden
says that Judah
and his brother Solomon, and his sister Hannah, ‘came to Fayetteville
in 1825, lived with their uncle and aunt, and became pupils in the Fayetteville Academy
,’ and that ‘Judah
was a classmate of mine during his stay in Fayetteville
Continuing, Mr. Belden
says: ‘Mr. Levy
's uncle), ‘desiring to enlarge his business, removed with his sister’ (Mrs. Wright
), ‘and the Benjamins to New Orleans, in 1826.’
If they prove anything, these statements prove that Judah
could not have been in Fayetteville
much more than one year; if, indeed, he were ever there at all, except with the Confederate Cabinet
on its flight from Richmond
at the close of the war in 1865.
If he arrived in Fayetteville
on January 1, 1825, and departed thence on December 31, 1826, he could not have been in Fayetteville
more than two years. It is admitted by Mr. Belden
that the Benjamins came to Charleston
from the West Indies
, and the time of their arrival here,