Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 842(1a) George Payne Rainsford James >> Page 176

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 176 THE SIMMS LETTERS
gallant—a physician heres—doing his devoirs to one of my wife's cousins, and with half a dozen children besides, the house is in a perpetual turmoil of clatter & chat & bustle & humming.6 The plantation too is distracting me.—It is the planting season, and we are just finishing some 250 acres of corn planting; next week we commence some 250 acres more of Cotton planting; and I have been getting new seed; and there are cares besides of peas & potatoes; and there are cares of ditching & laying off; and my new garden where every thing begins to blow & bloom, is a pleasurable care. Tell Florence' that my strawberries promise like ladies lips, blushingly red, through their white blossoms; and my snap beans and green peas are beginning to assert themselves; and I have set out a wilderness of celery; and today planted a new bed of potatoes; and tomorrow—but sufficient for the day is the planting thereof. Another season, my dear fellow, I hope to have the plantation in prime condition and prosperous as it never was before; and then you will steal away to us in the Spring, and share with us our hog & hominy, and your wife8 shall gravely sit and prattle with mine, while you, Florence and myself,—the children—will enjoy our-selves in the woods, and conjure up English elves & fairies under Carolina oaks at Woodlands. I shall get some good old Scotch Whiskey for your special behoof; and we will conjure up other images from the bright gay world of old romance to keep our young hearts young. So much for the future in the Eye of Hope. May it be so!—Well, I got home sick. Whether it was leaving Florence, and being chilled thereby; or that I went to bed that night too late, and got up too soon—which I certainly did—and caught cold in consequence of one or other, or both—I know not; but I suffered as I have not done at any one time for 25 years. I barely made out to finish my Lecturing engagements at Raleigh & Greensboro, and came home speechless; hoarse with constant cough, sore of throat, of breast, of body, and unable to go to lecture in Charleston.9 For
'Probably John Dickson Bruns. See introductory sketch.
'See letters to Mary Lawson of Mar. 16 and May 4 (842 and 845). 'James' daughter, Florence Frances. See note 196, July 2, 1858 (886). "Frances Thomas James. See note 196, July 2, 1858 (886).
°Simms lectured at Richmond on Feb. 24. He returned home on Mar. 15 or 16. For his itinerary, see note 1, Jan. I, 1857 (838).