Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription MARCH 1870 277
Charleston, S. C. Nov. 9. 1869. Henry B. Dawson, Esq.
My dear Sir:
I regretted not seeing you in New York. Lawson writes me touching some papers in respect to the capture of Ft. Sumter, which (he says) I had promised to furnish you. If so, I really remember nothing about it, and just now, I can see to nothing & hunt up nothing. I am seriously ill, & painfully suffering while I write. Pickens is dead. Of his widow, I really do not know the whereabouts.' But as soon as I get able to do any thing, will enquire & if any thing is to be had, get it for you. I witnessed the scene, and know something of all the parties.' In pain & haste, but very truly Yours
W. Gilmore Simms.
1404a : To SALLIE F. CHAPIN'
Woodlands, S. C. March 19. '70 My dear Mrs. Chapin.
I fully expected to have been with you on the night of the 14th. but the fates were adverse. The day opened with a rain storm from the North East, and, as if in sympathy with the external, my internal
'Francis Wilkinson Pickens (see note 120, Dec. 30, 1842 [1481), governor of South Carolina during 1860-1862, died on Jan. 25, 1869. In 1858 he had married (as his third wife) Lucy Petway Holcombe, noted for her beauty, charm, and accomplishments. A regiment of South Carolina troops was named the Holcombe Legion in her honor, and her picture was engraved on Confederate currency. After the death of Pickens she continued to live at Edgewood, Pickens' plantation near Edgefield Court House.
'On Nov. 15 Dawson wrote Simms that he planned to write "the story of Sumter, as it really was." Simms replied to Dawson's letter on Nov. 25 (1386).
'For Mrs. Chapin, the wife of Leonard Chapin, see note 140, June 30, 1868 (1312).