Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 232 THE SIMMS LETTERS
from it soon. Best regards to Madame, & the young damsels, Elisa and Tenella.5
Ever truly Yours
W. Gilmore Simms
Woodlands, S. C. May. 31. 1862.1
Professor Rivers. My dear Professor.
In the perilous condition in which our country stands, it behooves every man of reflection, to put his house in order, & make his preparations for the worst. I have been thinking over this matter, and my mind involuntarily refers to you, as one of the few persons who might give me some succour. I will tell you how. Should our armies in Virginia, Tennessee & Mississippi meet with further re-verses, and even should they not, it seems to be the general opinion that all our Seaboard, is to fall before the invader. Now, if Charles-ton be taken, the probability is that our Line of Defence will nearly approach Columbia & Augusta,—will, in fact, be only a little below these cities. In that event, all the country below & till we reach the Seaboard, will become a sort of debatable land, subject to the marauding incursions of both parties. My plantation will be exposed to these incursions, and there will be no security for property, especially if the war assumes a partisan character. I shall expect to lose terribly, but there are some losses which I might prevent, by a timely anticipation of the danger. I have, in my collection, a

s"Tenella" was a pseudonym used by Mary Bayard Devereux Clarke (1827-1886), of North Carolina, who published poetry in the Southern Literary Messenger and was the compiler of Wood-Notes; or, Carolina Carols: A Collection of North Carolina Poetry (Raleigh: W. L. Pomeroy, 1854). Perhaps Mary Videau Kirk used the same pseudonym.
'This letter is postmarked (by hand) "May 3." Either Simms or the postal clerk could have erred.
R. Y.