Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 212 THE SIMMS LETTERS
kindness to convey to your Societies the expression of my warm appreciation of their kindly compliment, and of my sincere regret that compliance with their wishes is impossible.
With great respect, I am,
dear Sir, Your obt. & obliged Servt.
W. Gilmore Simms.
[c. November 1, 1860]' My dear Dr.
Tomorrow, I will send you, via Charleston, a Box containing 30 pr. shoes. They are rough, but strong. There is a pair for Wm. for which I have not provided, my leather giving out, & you desiring a nicer pair of shoes than Edmund has made for the others) I have just got back from a lecturing trip to Cheraw. Public feeling runs high. The blue cockade is every where to be seen. S. C. will secede. Take your precautions—make your preparations. Spend no money that you can avoid spending, and the money you keep in hand, let it be in gold. Get your crop out and send to market as fast as possible. Come up here, with your family as soon as you please. All well. Our governess has come.' Mr. Rivers4 is better, though still in bed & very weak.
Yours ever
W. Gilmore Simms.

'The year is established by Simms' remarks concerning the impending secession of South Carolina. Simms lectured at Cheraw, S.C., in Late Oct. (see letter to Lawson of Oct. 24 19991).
William and Edmund are, of course, slaves.
'Margaret Wilson served as governess for the Simms children from around Oct. 30, 1860, until Aug. 20, 1861. See letter to Lawson of Oct. 16, 1860 (995). 'Christopher McKinney Rivers.