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Across Gov. Richard I. Mannings desk
Part Three
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About three dozen of the items crossing Manning’s desk dealt with the operation of his plantations, his agent in Charleston and his banker. Manning was having to handle the availability of cotton seed, price of horses for sale, lumber for a house, shipping 350 bushels of corn, cleaning and scalding bacon, receiving a report that “the mill and [mill]dam has been completed since you left” and a “bill of repairs for Sulky for his Excellency Governor Manning.” On April 4, 1825, he received a letter about overseer problems on one of his plantations and notes about individual slaves such as this, “Gage, poor old fellow.”