"We have a goodly number of abolitionists in our midst."
Sue Gilmore to Callie Anthony, November 4[–6], 1860, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My cousin, Sue Gilmore, lives in Senatobia, in northern Mississippi. She began her letter on November 4, but finished it on election day, two days later. She mentioned the widespread fear of a slave insurrection fueled by local abolitionists, but she didn't think that it would happen.
Mostly Sue goes on about how sad she is about not going to Texas. She is so fragile; disappointment affects her quite terribly. I hope she will start getting out; autumn is fair season and such a good opportunity for her to have some fun.
If Sue's brother is marrying a lady like Ida Ross from Marion Harland's novel Alone (1854), then he is a lucky man. I loved that book: Ida was a sweet, pious lady who faced her tribulations with resolve.