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Letters from Blackwell, a Methodist minister, to his brother Edmund B. Blackwell. Letters contain advice about moving from South Carolina to Mississippi or Alabama. Among topics are produce prices; crop conditions; commercial advantages; and land speculation. Blackwell wrote about sickness in his community, mentioning hemorrage of the lungs, bronchitis, bloody flux, congestive chills, typhoid, and cholera. Blackwell owned slaves, and commented on their health as well. Occasional religious exhortations are included, as well as comments on revivals, conferences, and conversions. In letter dated 1852 Dec. 29, the author described a hurricane in the Mississippi delta and referred to Judge Longstreet and the University of Mississippi.