Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 833a Lorenzo Sabine >> Page 336

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 336 THE SIMMS LETTERS
Woodlands, Midway P.O. South Carolina, Decr. 8 [1856] My dear Mr. Sabine,
You will have learned before this that there is no chance that we shall see each other this Season. In my very first lecture in N.Y. I gave such mortal offence to Black Republicanism that I could get no audience. My Committee which had contracted with me at such so much a night, reported themselves as losing money; that they could neither sell tickets, nor give them away; that the answer to all their attempts was "D n S.C. & all that comes from her,"&c. In this state of things, what remained to me but to release them from their contract. And if such was the result in N.Y. what must it be farther East? Loss & discredit to the Societies that called me. I at once, took my resolution. I released them, & withdrew from the field. Yet had I done nothing but assert our history, according to uur record. If they would not hear—if they would only cry "Delenda est" I was not to solicit a hearing. I could only fold my hands & meditate the terrible proverb upon a blind prosperity, which had forgot God in its material Conquest, "Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat."51 They know not what they do. They have waxed fat like Jeshurun, and like him will kick over the bucket of their prosperity.52 I am here, accordingly, once more at home in our forests, and doing in a small way, what I can for the humble comforts of my household & people, white & black. Ditching, draining, cleaning, ploughing, and preparing Apollo[']s smiling, I trust—for seed time & harvest. At my leisure I will try & think over what I can for your new editions. You can make your book [on dueling] a highly valuable manual on the subject of which it treats. There are many questions of etiquette, not yet settled among duellists, which, assuming that the habit will continue while men have pride, vanity, prejudice & passion, it is important to adjust. I sent you from N.Y. some
University of Arkansas Press, 1988), 183—201, and John Hope Franklin, "The North, the South, and the American Revolution," Journal of American History 62 (June 1975): 5—23 (especially 8—16).
51. "Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."
52. Deuteronomy 32:15.