NP, MAP 1/3B/1861

From the Memphis Appeal
January 3, 1861
Memphis & Charleston Railroad and our Northern Trade
From the Cincinnati Gazette
   Col. Sam Tate, president of the Memphis & Charleston railroad, has been in this city for several days past, making arrangements with the managers of the Miami roads and their Eastern rail connections, and with the Memphis packet company, to carry freights from the East and from this city, destined for points in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas, by his road from Memphis to Chattanooga, the great distribution center for those Southern States. Cincinnati has of late years supplied a large portion of those States with ???, whisky, corn and other articles of ??? and since the completion of the Louisville & Nashville road much of this freight has traveled that route. During the troubles on ?? fall, our merchants were compelled to send their property round by the Memphis & Charleston railroad, but the rates were ??? on that road that shippers were compelled to return to the Nashville road as soon as that road got clear of its accumulation.
   The trade between Cincinnati and the South within the past year, owing to the failure of the crops in the South, has become quite heavy, and Col. Tate has determined to make such rates, in connection with the packet company, as will secure a large share of the business.
   We learn from two or three of our merchants, the greater portion of whose customers reside in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina, that the orders for provisions are increasing daily, and their correspondents inform them that large quantities of produce will still be wanted to carry them along. These gentlemen are shipping daily to their southern customers, and count upon a prosperous and increased business this winter, notwithstanding the political troubles that are agitating our southern friends.
   Col. Tate, who is in every respect a strong southern man, expressed the confident opinion that nothing serious will result from the political excitement now raging at the South, to interfere with the commercial relations now existing between the two sections of the country and that our trade, instead of falling off, will continue to increase.