Olmsted gives a price list which was handed him by a dealer; that was in 1853.
Olmsted describes him as "clumsy, awkward, gross, elephantine in all his expressions and demeanor."
Olmsted saw no resource but gradual emancipation with suitable training.
Olmsted and Helper were both sources of proof that slavery was bringing the South to financial ruin.
Olmsted says: 'I much doubt if the harvest demand of the principal cotton districts of Mississippi adds five per cent.
Taking up again the religious instruction of the slaves, Olmsted found "that there were widely different practices in that State."
But its establishment was at once perceived to be fatal to the "cosmical cloud" hypothesis of Olmsted.
In 1853 Olmsted made a famous journey through the seaboard States, holding up his mirror to the life of the South in slavery days.