Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Obituary | 1870-06-13
Transcription The Charleston News

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 1870.


WM. GILMORE SIMMS

DEATH OF THE GREAT SOUTH CAR-
OLINA NOVELIST

His Life, Character and Writings.

The Hon. Wm. Gilmore Simms, D. C. L.,
died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Ed.
Roach, in this city, at about 5 o'clock on Satur-
day, afternoon. Mr. Simms had been in deli-
cate health for some time, but only a week be-
fore his death, was well enough to Joi. in an
excursion down the harbor. His strength,
however, rapidly failed him, and on Thursday
night there was no hope of his recovery. He
remained conscious to the end, his last words
being, "Not long!" The bells of St. Michael's
tolled yesterday.--the solemn notes conveying
to the whole city the mournful tidings of the
death of him who was the ornament and the
pride of the State he loved so well.
Wm. Gilmore Simms was born in this city on
April 17, 1806. His father was of Scoto-Irish
descent, and his mother Harriett Ann Augusta
Singleton, was of a Virginia family which came
early to South Carolina. While yet a child, he
was left an orphan, and was thrown upon his
own resources. For this reason his regular
education derived small aid from the pecuniary
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