West family papers  1697-1880
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  1870 December 21 . A. G. Smith ALS to [Mernie Cone]; Augusta, [Georgia]. (7 pages)
Savannah's cost of living. Travel from Savannah to Augusta on a river steamer. Descriptions of riverboat landings and loading and unloading cotton and other goods. African Americans driving wagons along riverbanks. Accommodations in Augusta and improved health. African Americans traveling to Augusta for an election, with "men on horseback to tell them how to vote." Presumed illiteracy of black voters and sympathy with whites "for not liking to be ruled by such a set."