Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 1266a Mary Lawson Simms >> Page 256

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 256 THE SIMMS LETTERS
attacks, I see the proofs of a rapidly failing constitution. That she has temporarily rallied is due to her natural vigour & comparative youth; but that she will permanently recover, I think very doubtful. The probabilities are quite great that she will succumb under a renewal of the attack, & we may possibly lose her this very season.' Do you take care of yourself, and avoid damp cold air, avoid exposure, see that your clothing is warm & adapted to the season, and write me fully as to your health & general feelings. Do not fatigue yourself in the attempt to do too much in the way of exercise. You are to remember that you have had no experience in tall hill or mountain walking, and must get on, as Boys go through College, by degrees. I am still in tolerably good condition, but the weather is dreadfully inauspicious here. Nothing but rain storms, & winds from the East. It has rained all day, and the night is raw, dark, drizzly, & diabolically offensive. Make my best regards to the Ladies Kellogg, and to Mr. Sherwood.' Mr. & Mrs. Ferris send love; but the former came home today, quite sick.' No news, other than what I send you.
Your affec. father W. Gilmore Simms.

`For Mary Govan Steele Rivers (Mrs. Christopher McKinney Rivers), Mrs. Simms' first cousin, see note 202, Oct. 23, 1s-16 (331), and note 95, c. May 6, 1849 (484). In his letter to Mary Lawson Simms ot Aug. 29 (1267) Simms writes, "I rejoice in the improved condition of Mary Ripen." We do not know the dare of her death, but she is mentioned by Simms in his letter to William Gilmore Simms, Jr., of Aug. 1, 1869 (1361).
Simms must have met William K. Sherwood and his witc, Frances Kellogg Sherwood, before 1837, when he, Mrs. Simms, and Augusta stave] at their home in New York City; the families became close friends. The "Ladies Kellogg" are Mrs. Sherwood's sisters, Sarah, Mary, and Nancy. See letter to Lawson of June 26, 1837 (49), note 11, Mar. 28, 1838 (65), and note 223, Sept. 15, 1866 (1193).
`Simms was visiting the William Hawkins Ferrises.