Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription JANUARY 1862 225
I have been writing to this end for years, as perhaps you know.—I have almost ceased now to write. My domestic cares & troubles almost unfit me for any thing; and my sorrows of home seem destined never to cease. In the early part of 1861 I lost a fine little boy, and on Christmas morning, a noble little girl of Scarlet Fever.10—Write me, if you please. I feel the loss of such correspondents as yourself. What has become of Cook." He, too, surely, has not gone over to the enemy, with his brother & Strother. These defections, are, I fear, due to the influence of J. P. Kennedy who has lost his head in this crisis.1z But, I am sick of hearing & talking of the war, though the terrible anxiety forces all speech in this one direction. Once more, let me hear from you, & believe me
Very truly Yours &c W. Gilmore Simms

P. S. You should suggest to your Richmond publishers" to send me their books, through R & Jones. I am one of few persons who make any regular reviews of them now in this section, & I write for the Mercury when I have a topic.

''Sydney Hammond Simms and Harriet Myddleton Simms. See letters to Lawson of July 4, 1861 (1056), and to Miles of Jan. 15, 1802 (1067).
"John Esten Cooke (see introductory sketch) was at this time "Captain of a gun in the Richmond Howitzers" (see letter to Miles of Jan. 31, 1862 110681). For his military career, see John O. Beaty, John Esten Cooke, Virginian (New York: Columbia University Press, 1922), pp. 76ff.
''Cooke's brothers, Philip Pendleton, Edward St. George, Henry Pendleton, and Edmund Pendleton, died before the outbreak of the war. Simms must have been thinking of his uncle, Philip St. George Cooke (1809-1895), a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a professional army officer, who was a brigadier general in the Union forces during the war (see Beaty, ibid., p. 4). David Hunter Strother (1816-1888), cousin of Cooke and of Kennedy, was an illustrator and writer who published under the pseudonym of "Porte Crayon." Under the influence of Kennedy he remained loyal to the Union, joined the army, and %Vas assigned to the topographical corps. He resigned in 1864 and after the close of the war was brevetted brigadier general.
"West and Johnston. See letter to Miles of Jan. 31, 1862 (1068).