Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Scholarship | 2002


The State Agricultural Society of South Carolina met in
Columbia from 25-28 November 1844. The president announced
nine committees, one of which was for "Silk." William Summer of
Pomaria Plantation was its chair and his four committee members
were (1) Samuel Earle of Greenville, (2) W. G. Simms of Barnwell,
(3) W. Giles of York, and (4) E. P. Smith of Spartanburg.
The committee made its selections and awarded its premium to
Mrs. Mary Dantzler of Spartanburg for her manufacture of "white silk
Vesting Cloth, and a fine net Shawl of single silk, beautifully made.
See Southern Cultivator, III (January 1845), 2-3.
When the state Agricultural Society met the next year in
Columbia, on 24-27 November 1845, the Society was addressed by
Joel R. Poinsett (on 27 November). Simms also made an address, as
here described:

The following was read by W. Gilmore
The three specimens of domestic wine, here-
with submitted to the State Agricultural Socie-
ty of South Carolina, was made by Mrs. R.
C. Roberts, of Barn well District, and belongs
to three several vintages, as labelled. It is pro-
duced from the grape called the Scuppernong,
according to a recipe found in the periodical
called the' Silk Grower."
A fourth specimen herewith submitted, is
made from the native wild grape, of the kind so
common with us in the middle Districts. It is
of a darker colour than the other specimen.
A single bottle of sweet oil, drawn from the
rch see of the Bene a native and well known
plant, is also submitted.
This plant will grow in our poorest soils, and
is well worthy of our cultivation. Four bush-
els of seed are found to yield about three.gal-
lons of oil.