Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | [1860]
Transcription THE SOUTHERNER AT HOME. 517
We were pleased with Augusta, but made but a short
stay. Columbia is the paradise city of the South.
Mere resides the distinguished novelist and poet, W.
Gilmore Simms, to whom we had letters, but unfortu-
nately he was absent. We regretted we could not pay
our respects to a man of genius, who has conferred such
distinction on the literature of the South, and of the
whole Republic. One has to unpack and repack to
stay in a place two or three clays, and it is so much
trouble to "dress" for a day's sojourn, that one often
hurries forward, where it would be agreeable to linger
for a few days, as it would have been here,. On
our way from Augusta we delayed a day to visit a
friend's rice plantation, and thence took the cars to
This is a city Southerners are very proud of, and with
good cause. But it is the people more than the houses
and "scenery" that makes Charleston so agreeable to
strangers. The Battery is a charming promenade, but
there are few handsome streets.
The residences have a respectable, substantial, home-
like air about them, and universally are buried in the
shade of tropical trees. The finest building is the
Military Academy, erected for training South Carolina
youth to the chivalrous accomplishment of arms. "Nul-
lification" is a word fast growing into disuse, as it
has ceased to have meaning. This State is as true to
the Confederacy as the brightest star in our Federal
The proposed superb monument to Mr. Calhoun (the
Demosthenes of the New world) is not yet erected!
Much as cotemporaries admire a mighty genius rising