Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER I.
It was a pleasant day in summer, a few years ago, which I spent,
in company with my friend, the late eminent Senator in Congress
from South Carolina, General Hammond, (so well known as among
the most philosophic of our statesmen,) at the Sand Hill, or summer
residence of the venerable Mr. John Bones, a gentleman who, for
so long a time, has done the honors of the city of Augusta, Georgia,
in giving hospitable welcome to the stranger. The season was grate-
fully mild, the atmosphere fine, the site conspicuous, and the scene
such as fully satisfied the eye, in commending a pleasant landscape
to the fancy. We sate, after dinner, in the shadow of trees, and with
some delicate Rhenish wine in our beakers, and a box of choice
Cubanas at hand, we gazed out and down upon the contiguous city,
which spread away beautifully below us, with its tall towers and
spires, and stately dwellings blending gratefully with the green
foliage of trees, stretching away, along the winding course of the
Savannah, until lost in the heights and thickets of the primitive
realms of wood. The scene around us was hushed in the deep mel-
low stillness of a midsummer afternoon; the leaves overhead were
slightly stirred by a pleasant breeze which swelled, gathering vigor
in its wing, as it struggled up from below, to reach the height.
At moments a twittering bird darted overhead, speeding, without
a song, from covert to covert. No hum from the city reached our
ears, and we naturally fell into a mood of contemplative chat, which
was almost reverie, as, recurring to the past, we retraced, from
infancy to a vigorous maturity, the growth of the goodly and
wealthy province of trade and commerce, which spread away beneath
our eyes.
By little and little we wandered back to that remoter period when
this whole realm was first laid bare to European eyes, and when the