--In the Washington
correspondence of the New York Times, of the 10th inst., occurs the following intelligence:
"From a clergyman long resident at Beau fort, I learn that men and arms are plenty thereabouts, though ready cash is not to be found.
The farmers and produce men grumble at receiving scrip in payment for provisions, and the self-sacrificing spirit, of which so much is written, does not obtain in the breasts of all."
On the same day the Rev. Dr. Wilson
, Pasteur of the Baptist Church in Beaufort
, was in New York city attending to matters of business, and although he knew very well that the above paragraph could not apply to him, as he has not been ‘"long resident in Beaufort
,"’ and has not been in Washington
for two years, he thought it would be but an act of justice to his adopted State, to meet the slander on the spot, which he did in the following brief note:
To the Editor of the New York Times:
A paragraph occurred in your correspondence from Washington
, to-day, in reference to the scarcity of food, &c., in South Carolina
, to which permit me to refer.
The information purports to come from "a clergyman long resident
in Beaufort, S. C. now in Washington
" As a clergyman, and a resident of Beaufort
, I can state from personal knowledge, that food is most abundant, the crops exceedingly promising, and the people unanimous in their determination to defend the position which the State