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  •  Unfortunately, it's all so very charming. (8+ / 0-)

    Reminds me of the spouse's stories of a daddy who wasted a million dollars in the early forties crashing planes and cars and still survived to tell the tale.
    I'm not sure what fuels the response. Maybe it's just an appreciation of luck that one escaped what other innocents suffered through, and some died of.

    "There, but for the Grace of God, go I," ends up being an affirmation of specialness. People are special just because they didn't die early. Some people call it "living right."

    Strange that the self-centered perspective is so quick to identify with a deity.

    by hannah on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:38:14 AM PST

    •  Reckless (16+ / 0-)

      It's pretty amazing to read the old letters in the history archives from desperate plantation owners getting the billing statements from the agents in England paying for the excesses of their sons.  There is a communication lag of about four months to get letters across the Atlantic at the time.  Some of the boys go completely nuts in London.  They don't study law. So there's really no control.  Huge bills mount up and the letters go on and on, full of parental worry.

      Sending your 17 year old son from a rural plantation of Charleston to London in 1820 is bound to have unforeseen circumstances.  When those happened, it reads exactly like Southern Charm.  Sometimes they ordered the agent to cut off the credit and load them on a ship home.

      It's easy to see how the Citadel gets created. Much safer and cheaper to have them closer to home, being schooled in how to run the Plantation and manage life in SC.  Over time, that helps create the culture here.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

      by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 09:17:07 AM PST

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