Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Friday, January 24th, 1862

To day the Steamer Ruthven arrived from and departed for Galveston, having brought but little freight. I finished glazing the windows of my house and commenced painting the ceilings. weather clear & rather cool.

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  1. 150 years ago today . . . CHARLESTON MERCURY, January 24, 1862, p. 1, c. 4. We make the following extracts from a letter addressed by a planter of Chapel Hill, Texas, to a gentleman of Mobile, which breathes a spirit of patriotism even more ardent in the portions which we neglect than in those which we make room for, because of the general character of the information contained:

    . . . "You say give us coffee and salt and a continuation of warm weather, &c. Now we do not care a fig for coffee, as we have the best substitute in the world, viz: sweet milk and butter milk; it is better adapted to the constitution, with more nutriment. We substitute a mixture of okra and coffee, say one fourth coffee. The difference is not noticed by visitors, not even when told. We can use, if we choose, sage tea, green tea, or the old woman's yopon [sic], that "kept her out of heaven twenty years, bless God," or grubheisen, better known as sassafras. I have salt enough to do me another year with proper care. 'Tis as fine as any Liverpool salt, perfectly white. Our Legislature has passed a law making Salt Lake at Corpus Christi free for everybody, and speculators are hauling salt all over the State. It is inexhaustible at the Lake; as yet we get it at home for about $10 per sack. It will no doubt be much cheaper. . . ."

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