Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 1071b Richard Yeadon >> Page 230

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 230 THE SIMMS LETTERS
P.S. I am writing from a corner of my Carriage House. Every other shelter is occupied by my family for whom I am now building a House of boards.
Woodlands, May 5. [1862]' My dear Yeadon.
I have been thinking, since I came home, that, if you have made no permanent provision for your daughters,' now is the time to do so; and property secured to them, would probably escape that danger of confiscation which would, in the event of the enemy's successes in Carolina, most certainly threaten yours. You occupy so conspicuous a position, & have taken so active a course, as well as so decided a stand, that you could hardly hope to escape the utmost penalties in the power of an enemy to inflict.' Your girls, however, might be made secure to a considerable extent, & in their security, your wife & even yourself, might find your future benefits. It is quite probable that you have already thought of these things, & made provision accordingly. But, as it is possible that you have not done so, it is only a friends duty to deliver his views & let you judge for yourself. With no children of your own, you have lived a great deal for the families of others. This I know. I take for granted that, now, your life & sympathies are inextricably bound up in the for-tunes of your adopted children. Your wealth enables you easily, even at this juncture, to detach from the mass & variety of your

'Dated by Simms' remark about "our chinned, cribbed, confined domain." See his other letters written during this ve,ir after the lire at Woodlands on Mar. 29.
'Yeadon adopted two nieces of his mite, \I.ir Videau Marion (a great-great niece of Gen. Francis Marion): Eli:.i l `.itherine Palmer and Mary Videau Kirk. See William Lee Thomas Crocker, "Richard Ye.tdon," University of South Carolina, master's thesis, 1927.
'Yeadon was a Unionist, but after the secession of South Carolina and the formation of the Confederate States he supported the Confederacy by buying large numbers of bonds and giving generously for the equipping of Confederate soldiers. Though he had retired as editor of the l'harleston Courier in 1844, he continued ro contribute editorials (the Courier of Aug. 30, 1862, in reporting that an Aiken Company had been named for him—the "Yeadon Blues"-malls him the "senior editor") and thereby also made himself conspicuous.