Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 976a Robert E. Earle >> Page 211

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription APRIL 1860 211

But I must not moralize gloomily. You are young. Encourage faith & Hope in the young—and Humility. I will see if Frank' will go down with us. He spoke of going down with me.
Yours Ever W. G. S. 976a : To ROBERT E. EARLE1
Woodlands, Midway P. O. So Caro. April 18. 1860. Robt. E. Earle, Esq.
dear Sir: I feel greatly honoured by the complimentary election to deliver the next annual address before the Two Literary Societies of the University at Athens; but, as I learn that the period for the performance will occur in August next, I am compelled to decline the appointment, as—even should my health and leisure permit me to prepare the oration—which is somewhat doubtful,—I cannot possibly attend at that season, and shall probably be absent from the state, and in a region quite remote from your precincts.' I greatly regret this necessity as it deprives me of an anticipated pleasure. But it is a matter wholly beyond my control. Will you do me the
'Probably Dr. Francis Fishbume Carroll. See note 5, Oct. 21, 1861 (1060b).
'Earle, a native of Elyton, Ala., was in the senior class at the University of Georgia in 1860. He was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. The two literary societies mentioned in this letter are the Demosthenian, founded in 1803, and the Phi Kappa, founded in 1820; both are still in existence. It is thought that Earle was a member of the Phi Kappa. We want to thank Susan B. Tate, Assistant Special Collections Librarian Emeritus of the University of Georgia Libraries, for sending us this information.
'Simms was planning his annual trip to the North.