GOVERNOR ALBERT SMITH MARKS PAPERS, 1879-1881

Much Correspondence in 1879 called attention to the economic plight of Memphis, resulting from yellow fever epidemic of 1878. C. W. Frazer wrote that city was “essentially a commercial point and do and can do a large business in eight months of the year: but that is not life; it now builds no houses; it runs no factories; it is no industry, and therefore feeds only those who are connected with it…Whatever you may know of Memphis, you do not know a Memphis Cotton Merchant, he is a peculiar animal, the king”. He has but one vision…and he consequently sees but in one direction. They are as a class liberal, clean, gentlemen-social too, but think they can carry any question, even a political one, with a little money.”