Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> End Matter >> Notes

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription EXPLANATORY NOTES by Stephen Meats

These notes are intended to identify persons, places, events, quotations and obscure or archaic words and terms in the text of
Joscelyn. Special emphasis has been placed upon the Revolutionary
War history in this novel, including, when possible, the identification of Simms' sources and his departures from them.

1. epigraph: Shakespeare, Henry VIII, III, ii.

3.1 "It was a pleasant day": Simms visited Augusta to gather local information for Joscelyn between 23 July and 1 August 1858. A single page of notes mostly on the geography of the area and a hand-drawn map of Augusta and the surrounding vicinity are the only documents surviving from that visit. General Hammond was James Henry Hammond, a former Congressman, Governor of South Carolina and United States Senator. John Bones was a friend of Hammond's at Augusta.

4.4-5 "Hernando De Soto": De Soto visited the Augusta area in May 1540. He died 21 May 1542 and was buried in the Mississippi River.

4.32-33 "seizure and imprisonment": An account of this seizure of the Cacica of Cutifachiqui, as she was called, appears on pp. 62-68 of Narra-
tives of the Career of Hernando De Soto (New York, 1866); see the following note.

4.34-3 7 "Let the reader": The book Simms refers to here is Narratives
of the Career of Hernando De Soto in the Conquest of Florida as Told
by a Knight of Elvas, trans. Buckingham Smith, New York: [The Brad-ford Club] , 1866. The Bradford Club also published The Army Corre-
spondence of Colonel John Laurens in the Years 1777-78 (1867) for
which Simms wrote a memoir of Laurens.

5.1 "Uchees": An Indian tribe along the Savannah River; also spelled Euchee and Yuchi.

5.10-11 "to have tried men's souls": Thomas Paine, The Crisis: Intro-
duction (1776).