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

image of pageExplore Inside

Notes

Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 314EXPLANATORY NOTES
in the Charleston Post Office because they were believed to contain
information about a conspiracy to incite the Indians to attack the
frontier. Simms states (History of South Carolina [1860] , 175, 176)
that Stuart's correspondence was intercepted, but Drayton gives no such
indication. The belief of the conspiracy was apparently based on a
long-standing suspicion of such activities by Stuart, and was seemingly
confirmed by reports from the Indians and by the passages from his
correspondence with Cameron mentioned above. Stuart obviously did
not consider these passages to be incriminatory since he voluntarily
showed them to agents of the Charleston Council of Safety. None of
Stuart's correspondence was in the 2 July seizure, although the Council
of Safety learned that letters to Lord William Campbell, Royal Gover-
nor of South Carolina, and to Stuart had been forwarded before the
seizure was made (Drayton, I, 310). The Council probably assumed, as
Simms seems to have done, that the letters to Stuart contained in-
structions similar to those in the intercepted letter to Governor Martin
of North Carolina; see Drayton, I, 344-346. See also note 19.13.
71.17-18 "the chimes of midnight": Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV, III, ii.
73.22-23 "Broad street": A street map of Augusta in 1780 shows
Broad Street as one of the principal streets running parallel to the
Savannah River. The marketplace is shown on the map in Broad Street
between Centre and Elbert streets.
79.33 "New Windsor": Then a village on the Carolina side of the
Savannah River about five miles southeast of Augusta.
87.12-13 "Man delights not me": Shakespeare, Hamlet, II, ii.
105.16 "`Walter, my son, do you know me?': According to 'Mary C.
Simms Oliphant, Simms' granddaughter, Walter's delirium scene is
based on an actual occurrence in the Simms family just after the Civil
War: ". . . that delirium scene . . . actually happened to my father
[William Gilmore Simms, Jr.] . The good doctor sent for Simms to
come, that his son was in a coma, that the only chance of life was to
rouse him. Simms arrived, dug his nails into my father's wrist and
commanded: `My Son, you speak to me.' My father opened his eyes,
uttered the one word `Father' and turned over and fell into a deep,
life-saving sleep . . ." (personal letter from Mary C. Simms Oliphant to
Stephen Meats, 3 September 1975).
112.16 "Some natural tears she shed": Milton, Paradise Lost, XII, 645.
114.6 "McLaurin": Evan McLaurin was a Scots trader in South Caro-
lina who kept a store located in the "Dutch Fork, at a place he called
Spring-Hill; fifteen miles from Saluda River, on the road from thence to