Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription 334 THE SIMMS LETTERS
None of them is an authority. They all refer to Moultrie, and exclude Ramsay, though Lee subsequently admits that the gaining time on the occasion saved the city, & says that [General August] Prevost adopted the lesson this taught him & so saved Savannah. Lee was not in the state for long after. Bowen & Flanders were not born, and had no original materials. Johnson was not born, and hastily caught up Moultrie without looking to Ramsay. Johnson besides was wrong headed & an advocate; he is no authority. But for the unhappily diseased bias against S.C. on the part of your people, there would be no difficulty in the case. It was the ruse de guerre of [President John] Rutledge, holding out a line to the British General which saved the city. Nothing less. Moultrie could not have done so. But I will explain all this to you should we meet. In respect to what I said on the subject of [Charles] Sumner, I took for granted that he had read your Loyalists, as the whole tone and tenor of his remarks on the point was a feeble copy of yours. The speech of Mr. Webster could prove nothing, but that he had read nothing but northern books on the subject. In truth he had probably read in Goodrich.44 The details in our city papers, in respect to the duel of [William Robinson] Taber & [Edward] Magrath are to be relied on, so far as they go. Oblige me, and do not again say reliable—reliable means again liable & not trustworthy. Men of letters must resist
the corruption of the language which conducts to unmitigated barbarism. I will tell you hereafter of the duel. I was unfortunately concerned in the negotiations, and present at the melancholy spectacle. Both the parties I knew. Taber was a personal friend, a splendid fel-
low, handsome as Apollo 6 feet 2 high, and his height killed him.
It was a random shot which took him in the top of the head, just where the hair begins on the forehead. He survived a couple of hours unconsciously. But I cannot now write or talk of the matter. You shall hear all of the facts if we meet, & probably before. But you
Flanders, The Lives and Times o t the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States 1 Series John Jay-John Rutledge (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1855); Joseph Johnson, Traditions and Reminiscences, chiefly of the American Revolution in the South: including, Biographical Sketches, Incidents, and Anecdotes .. . (Charleston, S.C.: Walker & James, 1851).
49. Charles A. Goodrich's A History of the United States of America (Hartford, Conn.: Barber & Robinson, 1824) was considered a school history.