Letters between Mrs. T.L. Smith and Governor Ibra C. Blackwood, April 1933
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- Mrs. T.L. Smith to Governor Ibra C. Blackwood, April 22, 1933
- Secretary to the Governor to Mrs. T.L. Smith, April 24, 1933
Letter written by Mrs. T.L. Smith of Camden, S.C. to Governor Ibra C. Blackwood on April 22, 1933.
Mrs. Smith writes to the Governor asking for help getting her money from a bank that has been closed. She is a widow and has no money other than what was in the bank and needs it for medial treatment and survival. She writes dramatically about her situation: “Oh how hard it seems” and “my awful Distress and trouble,” and that she is sure that the Governor’s help will save her from starvation.The reply from the Governor’s office written April 24, 1933 by the Secretary to the Governor, says that the Governor does not have the authority to release Mrs. Smith’s money and that she will have to talk to the Conservator, who is now in charge of the bank.
Smith, Mrs. T.L. to Governor Blackwood, 22 April 1933. Governor Blackwood Papers, Alphabetical Correspondence 1931-1933. S539020 Box 6: 1933 A-Y. South Carolina Department of History and Archives, Columbia, South Carolina.
Secretary to the Governor to Mrs. T. L. Smith, 24 April 1933. Governor Blackwood Papers, Alphabetical Correspondence 1931-1933. S539020 Box 6: 1933 A-Y. South Carolina Department of History and Archives, Columbia, South Carolina.
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Care of William Tate
Apr. 22nd 1933
My husband has been Dead two years, I am 70 years old and have no children or any one to look to for a support I have worked hard all my life and save Three Hundred and fifty two Dollars, and Deposited it in the Bank of Camden S.C, now I am Old and Helpless I need medical treatment and Something to Live on, and when I go to the Bank to get my money they, tell me the Government has Closed the Bank and I can’t get one cent, Oh how hard it seems, [page 2] 2 I am living all alone I have no money to Pay anyone to come and stay with me, No money to get Provisions to live on My Dear Governor if you can Help me get my money out of that Bank so that I can use it I will allways feel that you have saved me from Starv-ation, Please let me know if you can help me in my awful Distress and trouble, I feel sure you can and will, by so doing you may save my life,
Anything you can do for me will be greatly apreciated
Mrs. T.L. Smith
P.S. Please let me hear from you it will relieve my mind so much
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