Diary of Mary Boykin Chesnut, December 21, 1860

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    Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut, Diary of Mary Boykin Chesnut, December, 1860,  A Diary from Dixie. Martin, Isabella D.; Avary, Myrta L., editors, New York, NY: D. Appleton & Co., 1905, p. 424.
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    Chesnut, Mary Boykin
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    Michael Blake
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    -- Mrs. Charles Lowndes was sitting with us to-day, when Mrs. Kirkland brought in a copy of the Secession Ordinance. I wonder if my face grew as white as hers. She said after a moment: "God help us. As our day, so shall our strength be." How grateful we were for this pious ejaculation of hers! They say I had better take my last look at this beautiful place, Combahee. It is on the coast, open to gunboats.

    We mean business this time, because of this convocation of the notables, this convention. In it are all our wisest and best. They really have tried to send the ablest men, the good men and true. South Carolina was never more splendidly represented. Patriotism aside, it makes society delightful. One need not regret having left Washington.
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