Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | 1850, 1856
Transcription master has power of punishment on his side ; the slave, on
his, has invincible inclination, and a thousand .expedients
learned by long practice. The result is .a compromise in
which each party yields something, and a good-natured
though imperfept and slovenly obedience on one side, is pur-
chased by good treatment on the other. I have been told by
planters that the slave brought from Africa is much more
serviceable, though more high-spirited and dangerous than the
slave born in this country, and early trained to his condition.
I have been impatiently waiting the approach of spring,
since I came to this state, but the weather here is still what
the inhabitants call winter. The season, I am told, is more
than three weeks later than usual. Fields of Indian corn
which were planted in the beginning of March, must be re-
planted, for the seed has perished in the ground, and the
cotton planting is deferred for fine weather. The peach
and plum trees have stood in blossom fur weeks, ttrid the
forest trees, which at this time are usually in full foliage, ar
as bare as in December. Cattle are dying in the fields for
want of pasture.
I have thus had a sample of the winter climate of South
Carolina. If never more severe or stormy than I have
already experienced, it must be an agreeable one. The cus-
tom of sitting with open doors, however, I found a little dif-
ficult to like at first. A door in South Carolina, except
perhaps the outer door of a house, is not made to shut. It is
merely a Fort of flapper, an ornamental appendage to the

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