Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 1060b Anna Washington Govan Steele Fuller >> Page 220

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 220 THE SIMMS LETTERS
kind as to send me. You will percieve from the paragraph on the next page, which I published editorially in the Charleston Mercury of this day, how much I appreciate your attention, and the value of your contribution to my library.

Very respectfully Your obliged & obt. Servt.
W. Gilmore Simms

Woodlands, Oct. 21. 1861. My dear Washy.

We have been anxiously expecting a letter from you, and begin to feel all sorts of apprehensions lest the horrible disease may have, at length, penetrated your little family. May God, in his mercy, avert it! I wrote you a half playful letter when I was about to go to Charleston, telling you to meet me there, with a huge pile of your husband's money, & go up with me. It is just possible that you may have supposed, by my suggestion, that we were reluctant to send for you to Bell's. I write now to disabuse you of any such impression; for tho', no doubt, you would prefer to take the route via Charleston, yet I well knew that neither the Dr. nor myself could now afford the means for doing any shopping. We are quite prepared to send for you whenever you give notice. We have little or no domestic news to impart, & for the public or foreign, you get if just as soon as we do. Gilmore went to town on the 15th. to report himself for duty.' He is now at the Citadel, &, Laus Deol he has the means to pay for his next quarter—a matter which I thought doubtful a month ago. Mrs. Whetstone,' who came up last

made and kept Virginia famous until her statesmen learned too greatly to love the honey and the dough of Washington City."
'See letter to William Gilmore Simms, Jr., of Nov. 7, 1861 (1061). 'Wife of John M. Whetstone (1809-1870), who lived near Midway.