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Secondary Scholarship | 2003
Transcription 204.15-206.22 "As it was tried upon the Hebrews, upon the Saxons. . . . The
Indians would have been subjected.": For "the restraints and the enforced toils
of our superior genius" and the amalgamation of Native Americans into one
great family, see Simms, "Literature and Art Among the American
Aborigines," Southern and Western Magazine, I (1845), 153-164.

203.5 "the beautiful little poem of Freneau": Philip Freneau, "The Indian
Student, or, Forest of Nature" (1788)

204.1 "like a limb, cast bleeding and torn.": A paraphrase of Thomas
Campbell, Lochiel 's Warning (1802): "Say, mounts he the ocean-wave,
banish' d, forlorn, / Like a limb from his country cast bleeding and torn."

205.10 "of those who keep my commandments": cf. Exodus, 20: 516.

207.2-4 "Thirty thousand Texians . . . Would soon make themselves masters
of the city of Montezuma": Simms supported the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-
1848) for settling of Texas, Mexico and other western areas.

207.7 "Susquehannah's farthest springs.": Freneau, "The Indian Student,"
stanza 1, line 1.

207.9 "the prisoner described by Sterne": Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy,
vol. II, chapter 17.

209.30 "no seed falls without profit by the wayside": Matthew 13:4; Luke
8:5.

209.19 "Romulus": Romulus, founder of Rome, vanished in a thunderstorm,
leaving neither the least part of his body, nor any remnant of his clothes to be
seen. Tacitus says, as one of the versions of Romulus' disappearance, that the
senators, having fallen upon him in the temple of Vulcan, cut his body into
pieces and took each a part away in his bosom.

219.2-3 "Many Choctaws live over the Mississippi now--on the Red River,
and far beyond, to the Red Hills": The Choctaws who survived "the Trail of
Tears" cleared land near the Red River, which rises in eastern New Mexico
and flows southeast across Texas and Louisiana, and re-established their
constitutional republic there in 1834.