Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Travel Writings | 1852[?], 1857
Transcription she was too wise not to return to a certain and good home. Wander how and
whither she would, in due time her heart would join the burden of the song:

"Oh! carry me hack to old Virginny,
To old Virginny's shore!"

Richards knew the life and landscape at Woodlands very well. He first
came there in 1844. On one of his visits in March 1847, he spent a week (See
Letters, II, 275). After this sojourn, Simms called him "Ad Richards...an amiable
young man, who paints a good landscape, and who is modest and intelligent." The
engraving of Simms'"Turtle Cove" in his brother William Carey Richards'
Southern Literary Gazette, I (16 December 1848), 248, was made from one of his
sketches. To Carey and Hart in October 1847, Simms wrote that Richards "has
painted several pictures of Southern scenery, and one upon the river swamp at my
residence" (Letters, II; 363). At the time Richards wrote about Woodlands in 1852
he had seen life there closely, and over a period of nearly a decade.



'Mary Koch, The Romance of American Landscape: The Art of Thomas
Addison Richards, Georgia Museum of Art Bulletin, Volume 8, No. 2 (Winter
1983), p. 13.