Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 1352a Paul Hamilton Hayne >> Page 275

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription MAY 1869 275
Verb. sap. For myself, I barely live, & to do so, have not an hour to spare in any aside from my daily tasks. I have rebuilt one wing of my house, but 4 rooms, designed to build 6, but exhausted my resources in building 4. My son & son in law are trying to make a crop, but with small capital, & I have so far resumed planting as to take 2 acres under my charge for gardening purposes. I have probably the finest garden in all this precinct. I have set out 1200 cabbage plants, have been eating radishes, lettuces, green peas, snap beans &c. have squashes beginning to bear, corn in tassel, beans in any quantity, sweet corn for the table, tomato, cucumbers, Irish potatoes, okra, onions, white & red, eschelots, turnips, beets, carrots, parsnips, and most of the herbs, most of these in large quantities, as I hope to supply the table of my daughter in town,6 as well as our table here, where we never seat less than 10 persons, 3 times per diem. With these vegetable supplies, a little meat will suffice. I hope you are pressing your labours in the same direction. Potatoes will pay better than poetry. I have four large beds of them, planted at different periods. You could also find a market in Augusta doubtless for much that you can raise. But if you will write for the magazines try the prose. Your prose is fully as fine as your verse. Sam Lord told me that he had hopes, by compromise, to secure $4,500 at least, on your Mother's Insurance Case. Fortune grant it be so, if you can do no better.' Write me when you can & expect as little of me as possible. Remember I am an old man, 63 last month, & that in my old age I am required to begin all the labours of life de novo, & work as I never had to do before. From John
'Gilmore and Chevillette's husband, Donald Jacob Rowe.
'Hayne's father, Lt. Paul Hamilton Hayne (1803-1831), of the United States Navy, died while on duty aboard the U.S.S. Vincennes. His widow declined a pension at the time, but after the war, when she had lost most of her property, she applied for one (see McKeithan, A Collection of Hayne Letters, p. 216). In his answer to Simms' letter Hayne wrote on May 17 that Samuel Lord, Jr., a Charleston lawyer and lifelong friend of Hayne, had recovered $2,500 for his mother. Hayne's letter is printed in McKeithan, pp. 216-219, from the original in the Ferris Collection, Columbia University Library.