Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | 1850, 1856
Transcription water. A lonely log-house under these old trees, is a sight
for sore eyes ; and only two or three plantations, properly so
called, meet the eye in the whole distance. The cultivated
and more productive lands lie apart from this tract, near
streams, and interspersed with more frequent ponds and
marshes. Here you find plantations comprising several
thousands of acres, a considerable part of which always lies
in forest ; cotton and corn fields of vast extent, and a negr
village on every plantation, at a respectful distance from th
habitation of the proprietor. Evergreen trees of the oak
family and others, which I mentioned in my last letter, are
generally planted about the mansions. Some of them are
surrounded with dreary clearings, full of the standing trunks
of dead pines ; others are pleasantly situated in the edge of
woods, intersected by winding paths. A ramble, or a ride
—a ride on a hand-gallop it should be—in the, a pine
woods, on a fine March day, when the weather has all the
spirit of our March days without its severity, is one of the
most delightful recreations in the world. The paths are
upon a white sand, which, when not frequently travelled, is
very firm under foot ; on all sides you are surrounded by
noble sterns of trees, towering to an immense height, from
whose summits, far above you, the wind is drawing deep
and grand harmonies ; and often your way is beside a
marsh, verdant with magnolias, where the yellow jessamine,
now in flower, fills the air with fragrance, and tho bamboo-
briar, an evergreen creeper, twines itself with various other