Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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admit of the detaching of any force for the defense of South Carolina and
Georgia.["] Where was all this myriad of men in buckram? We can find them
nowhere!. . . . In these circumstances, there is nothing surprising in the fact that
certain Southern men conceived the idea of arming that number of our
slaves... .
The very idea shows the confidence which our ancestors felt in the fidelity
of their slaves -- showed, at least, how free were the whites of all fears of their
hostility -- and though their services were resisted they were left in charge of the
women and children, as much more likely to prove efficient as field hands,
raising rice and corn, tobacco and indigo, than as field soldiers, doing execution
in war. I might thus, as you see, have introduced the subject of negro slavery,
profitably for my revolutionary argument, and only forbore, as I wished to avoid
all unnecessary topics which might be offensive, as well as unnecessary. To
return to my text.


1. The Courier (Charleston), 26 May 1857.
2. Letters, III, 490; reprinted from The Mercury, 26 May 1857.
3. See Shillingsburg, "Simms's Failed Lecture Tour of 1856: The Mind of the
North," Long Years of Neglect, John C. Guilds, ed., Fayetteville: University of
Arkansas Press, 1988.
4. The Courier, 28 May 1857.
5. Letters, III, 490; reprinted from The Mercury, 28 May 1857.
6. Text of the lecture appears in Letters, III, 521-549.
7. The Courier, 3 June 1857. This lecture was delivered at the Industrial
Institute Hall.
8. Thanks to the editorial board, Mrs. Mary Simms O. Furman, Dr. John C.
Guilds, Dr. James E. Kibler, and Dr. James B. Meriwether, for allowing
quotation of the following. This is a clear reading version, not a diplomantic