Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | [1860]
Transcription ThE SOUTHERNER AT HOME. 519
it looks like a theatre turned insiJe out, with the gal-
leries running all round its exterior. Commander In-
graham's family reside here. I felt like paying my
respects to a man who has contributed abroad so much
honor to our national name ; but I let propriety subdue
curiosity, and only satisfied myself with passing his
house, hoping to get a glimpse of the " great man of his
The young and rich South Carolinians have a peculiar
manner. They move about quietly, are self-possessed,
silent or rather taciturn, love to sit and read, are well
educated, polished in behavior, dress well, cultivate the
moustache, affect small feet and white hands, and are
somewhat dilettanti, but yet manly and well-informed ;
are lovers of the poets, have fine libraries, faultless
riding horses and equipage, wear wide-awake hats, and
love indolence and ease. Most of them have seen
Europe, but prefer South Carolina ! They are proud and
aristocratic, and do not feel particularly honored to shake
hands with a traveling lord, and in England are haughtier
than England's nobles.
They are expert fencers,. superb billiard-players,
splendid riders when their indolence will let them put
their blooded horses to their full flight ; fond of hunting
unerring with the rifle, have practiced with the duelling
pistol, and have knowledge of military matters ! Under
all their calm and indolent exterior, lies all the fire
and energy of their prototype, Calhoun ; and to insult
them is infinitely perilous, though they never seek a
quarrel. I think they are the most fin'isliecl gentlemen
(when they reach middle life) in the world !