Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 1293a Henry Barton Dawson >> Page 269

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription MARCH 1868 269

than $250 in strawberries alone, to the one city of Augusta, you will appreciate the value of such a place. Our own miserable people, are every where compelled to sell, for the absolute means of life—can no longer afford the enjoyment of the otium cum dignatate, or that rus in urbe10 which constitutes the charm of Kalmia. There, my friend, you have a long letter, and Heaven give you patience for its perusal.
Very truly Yours
W. Gilmore Simms.

P. S. As for lightening my burdens, my good friend, God forbid that I should tax any friend, while God allows me the soul for resolution, & the strength for work. I have, thank God, many friends who succour me in a small way. They give me shelter when I go North, give me generous welcome, sometimes send me some grateful little token of affection & sympathy—books, paper, a knife, a pipe, and in one or two cases, some good wine, and English Porter, and this too with the expression of sympathies the purity of which I can not question. My girls are not forgotten in their gifts, and my loss of fortune, ease & possibly of comfort, in no degree lessens my courage to do, and my firmness to endure. My chief mental want is books, and I am sorry to tell you that, with one or two exceptions, the Publishers do not seem to consider my need, even if they re-member my existence. I write stars pede in uno, quite chilly, with no sunshine in the sky and no fire in my grate.
A Dios. W. G. S.

P. S. My Plantation, Woodlands, by the way, is fifty miles from Kalmia, the Rail Road passing directly through it, conducting to the very foot of the Kalmian Hills. At Aiken and Kalmia, as at Augusta, & the whole precinct there is a considerable number of highly intelligent, intellectual and scientific men, experienced as farm-
°Simms failed to underline "in urbe."