Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription TO
COLONEL M. C. M. HAMMOND,
OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
MY' DEAR COL:
WHILE yOU are, probably, all abroad, chasing the
deer, at this very moment, in some of the swamps and thickets
of Georgia ; and bringing together, with a blast of the horn, a
whole host of friends ; I look up from the accumulated sheets
before me, and, in my mind's eye," survey the scene, with
no small appetite to share. I behold you, towering like Saul,
head and shoulders above the joyous circle, the silver drinking
cup in hand, and all hands elevated and waiting for the pledge.
It is given, and the words reach me as certainly as if I were
present. I feel that I am remembered, and I requite you with
like remembrance. Revising the last pages of Mellichampe,""1 resolve, beaker in hand,--
" The instant impulse of the thought, Having twin action,"--
that the book�which has hitherto gone without a sponsor
shall be honored with your name. lou will read it, I trust, as