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Secondary Scholarship | 1993
Transcription Must you for this lay ax unto the root.
Poems (1853), II, 206.

2 The poems discussed here may be found in James E. Kibler, editor, The
Selected Poems of William Gilmore Simms (Athens: University of Georgia Press,

3 The poem quoted is "Among the Ruins."

4 Homes of American Authors (New York: Putnam, 1853 [that is, 18521, pp.

5 Simms, "The Good Farmer," Ladies' Companion (August 1841), pp. 154-

6 Simms was quite knowledgeable about the native grape and its history. He
comments on the several varieties in South Carolina and their "peculiar character
and relative excellence. (Letters, IV, 133).

7 For Pomaria, see Linda Askey Weathers, "Digging into Gardens Past,"
Southern Accents, 15 (September-October 1992), 88, 90, 92, 94, 96. These ledgers
are housed at Pomaria Plantation and the South Caroliniana Library (University
of South Carolina).

8 These copies are still extant in the collections of the author and a Summer
descendant, Mr. John Sease of Delaware. One is to Henry Summer; the other (22
February) is to Miss Catharine Parr Summer, plantation hostess for her unmarried
brother William. Simms was likely signing this last volume and presenting it in
person at Pomaria Plantation.

9 F. Y. Hedley, Marching Through Georgia (Chicago: Donohue,
Henneberry, 1890), p. 361.

10 David P. Conyngham, Sherman's March Through the South (New York:
Sheldon, 1865).

11 George Ward Nichols, Story of the Great March (New York: Harper, 1865),
p. 149.

12 Published by the Agricultural and Horticultural Society as a pamphlet, The
Sense of the Beautiful: An Address (Charleston: Walker, Evans & Cogswell,