Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription SOUTHWARD HO!


"When the wind is southerly," etc.�HAMLET.

I WAS at New York in the opening of July. My trunks were packed, and I was drawing on my boots, making ready for departure. Everybody was leaving town, flying from the approaching dog-days in the city. I had every reason to depart also. I had certainly no motive to remain. New York was growing inconceivably dull with all her follies. Art wore only its stalest aspects, and lacked all attractions to one who had survived his own verdancy. Why should I linger ?
But, in leaving the city, I was about to pursue no ordinary route of travel. While my friends were all flying to the interior, seeking cool and shady glades along the Hudson, deep caves of the Catskills, wild ridges and glens of the Adirondack, or quiet haunts in Berkshire, I had resolved on i eturning south�going back to Carolina in -midsummer. A friend who had heard of my intentions suddenly burst into my chamber with all the fervency of a northeaster.
"What does all this mean ?" was his question. Back to the south? In the name of Capricorn and Cancer, why this most perverse of all determinations ? What can you mean by it? Is it suicide you purpose ? Is death in the swamps, of
malaria, musquito, and coup de soled, preferable to knife or pis-
tol ? Can you really prefer black vomit, to an easy and agree-able death from charcoal ? Prussic acid will be more easy- and