Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 1026a Benson John Lossing >> Page 216

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 216 THE SIMMS LETTERS
you, & might be annoying. The very researches you propose to make would invite military inquiries touching posts of defence, sites that have been & might be again needed for defence & assault, and every question you would ask would subject you to suspicion & finally to annoyance, in consequence of that vigilance which, at this moment, sees in every northern man making these inquiries, the emissary of an enemy. No personal character however high, no interposition of friends, however influential, though they might save you from personal danger, could serve you to elude suspicion, or to prevent annoyance. This would be even more likely to occur to you in the Southwest, than in South Carolina. Such is the exasperation of our people at large that they are no longer controllable by their politicians. It is a popular movement, the momentum of which has become irresistible, approximating the German landsturm, or a general rising of the people. In ten days more South Carolina will have certainly seceded; and in reasonable interval after that event, if the forts in our harbour are not rendered to the state, they will be taken.' I have no doubt that Georgia, Florida, Alabama & Mississsippi will follow S. C. in a month after, and Louisiana soon after. Judge for yourself from these facts, whether your visit would not be greatly mistimed, especially as, even were there no dangers, you would hardly find any citizens prepared to give his attention to remarks touching a war of 50 years ago, while he is preparing for one on the tapis. I repeat that I should be glad to welcome you at Woodlands at any period, but would not be your friend, nor a good adviser to encourage your visit just now to the South at all. Let 1812 wait, and devote yourself to the Schuyler papers, which you can study just as well in the security of home.4-I conveyed your regards to Miss Maggie,' who expresses herself grateful for them.

'The Secession Convention met in Columbia on Dec. 17 and adjourned the same day to Charleston, where on Dec. 20 the Ordinance of Secession was unanimously adopted and signed by the 169 delegates. For the attack on and surrender of Fort Sumter, see letter to Lawson of Dec. 31 (1031) and following letters.
'Vol. I of Lossing's The Life and Times of Philip Schuyler was published by Mason Brothers, New York, in 1860. This volume was republished together with Vol. 11 by Sheldon & Company, New York, in 1873.
`Margaret Wilson, who was serving as governess of the Simms children.