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Reviews/Essays | 1855-02-08
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EIGLEBERGER--BAULDY?

In the new humorous sketch presented by Fred Greer in this issue of The
Simms Review, we meet one Jake Eigleberger, hunter from the Nequassee (Macon
County) area of North Carolina. His patronym is uncommon except in Lexington
and Newberry Districts in South Carolina, where it has been widespread since the
eighteenth century. The Iglebergers, Eichelbergers,or Eiglebergers were German
settlers in the Pomaria-Spring Hill area of the Dutch Fork, and a pan of Lexington
District. Could Simms' fictional Bill Bauldy, also a native of Lexington District,
South Carolina, be based on Eigleberger? Both are "not much" as active men, but
instead love to "steal off' from the scene of action, drowse off, talk, and tell tales
Does the Nequassee sketch perhaps provide us with clues to the real life spinner
of the yarn of Bauldy's exploits? For some enterprising Simmsian, family histories
or census records for both areas in the two Carolinas might be helpful in
answering some of these questions. Did Jake Eigleberger indeed hail from
Lexington District, South Carolina? Our pages will be at your service in reporting
your findings. At the least, thanks to Greer, we now know the name of another of
the hunter tale-tellers in Simms'"Lying Camp."

J.E.K.


SIMMS ON WALDEN

Early in 1855, William Gilmore Simms wrote a number of short reviews
under the signature "Lorris" for the Charleston Mercury. Among them is a brief
assessment of Henry David Thoreau's Walden, published here in its entirety, from
the issue of 8 February 1855:

Of our native Essayists, the same publishers have recently
given us several volumes of interest and merit. Among these is a
somewhat queerly conceived narrative of a Yankee philosopher,
whose question is upon how little he can live and be virtuous; feed
and be charitable; clothe himself and others; and test both parties;
first as to what they can endure in the way of privation, before he
bestows upon either of them a shirt or a supper.
The conception is that of a pure Yankee. It could be made
by no other. It is carrying out the antique Puritan philosophy to its
proper results, in all social matters. This queer, well-written book
is called "Walden; or Life in the Woods." It is by HENRY D.
THOREAU; whose intellect we should greatly wrong, did we not
describe it as one well calculated to inspire the respect and compel

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