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

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 318EXPLANATORY NOTES
186.5 "Galphen": George Galphin was a powerful Indian trader before
the war. Early in October 1775, he was appointed Indian Agent of
South Carolina by the Council of Safety, and later during the Revolu-
tion he used his influence on the whig side as Assistant Superintendent
of Indian Affairs.
193.9 "Secret Committee": The central Council of Safety resided in
Charleston; in support of it each parish also had its own Council. The
Secret Committee, which was headed by W. H. Drayton, was created by
the Council of Safety; it was a secret police organization which planned
and executed subversive activities. No confirmation of the existence of
Secret Committees on the parish level has been found.
201.14 "Barmecide": From a story in The Arabian Nights, this phrase
is used to describe an imaginary or illusory meal.
208.29 "dome": This term probably refers to a bee-hive.
223.36-37 "life of maiden solitude": Similar to Hamlet's speech, III, i :
"Get thee to a nunnery."
227.15-16 "right hand perfect in its cunning": Paraphrase of Psalm
243.20 "Major Williamson": Andrew Williamson, the leading whig in
the Ninety Six district, was called the "Arnold of South Carolina" after
the war. He fought the loyalists in 1775 and the Indians in 1776, but
was regarded as a traitor for failing to come to the aid of Charleston in
May 1780. He then took protection and moved to Charleston, where
the British apparently expected to employ him in various minor capaci-
ties, although no evidence exists that he actually aided them in any
material way. While in Charleston, he may also have supplied informa-
tion on British activities to the American commander, General
Nathanael Greene. In July 1781, Williamson was captured by whigs led
by Colonel Isaac Hayne but was rescued by British troops. He was
allowed to remain in South Carolina after the war.
243.21 "Colonel Thompson": William Thompson (also spelled
Thomson) was the leading whig in the Orangeburg area, and had been a
colonel of militia before the war. In June 1775, he was appointed
lieutenant colonel of rangers by the Provincial Congress, and later led his
detachment of troops in the attack against Cunningham in the Battle
of Great Cane Brake which Simms used as the basis for the battle that
ends Joscelyn; see note 301. Thompson is perhaps most well-known for
his defense of the east end of Sullivan's Island against forces under Sir
Henry Clinton during the attempted British invasion of June 1776.