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WIGWAM AND THE CABIN.
BY THE AUTHOR OF
“THE YEMASSEE,” “GUY RIVERS,” &c.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, wy
W. GILMORE SIMMS, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern
District of New-York.
N. ROACH, ESQ.,
OF BARNWELL, SOUTH CAROLINA,
IN PROOF OF
AN AFFECTION WHICH HAS STEADILY ADVANCED
WITH MY JUST APPRECIATION OF HIS
INTEGRITY AND GENTLENESS OF CHARACTER,
I DEDICATE THIS VOLUME.
New York, Oct. 1, 1845.
THE Tales which follow have been the accumulation of several years. They were mostly written for the annuals, ---an expensive form of publication which kept them from the great body of readers. In this form, however, they met with favour, and it is thought that their merits are such as will justify their collection in a compact volume. The material employed will be found to illustrate, in large degree, the border history of the South. I can speak with confidence of the general truthfulness of its treatment. The life of the planter, the squatter, the Indian, and the negro—the bold and hardy pioneer, and the vigorous yeomen—these are the subjects. In their delineation, I have mostly drawn from living portraits, and, in frequent instances, from actual scenes and circumstances within the memories of men. More need not be said. I need not apologize for the endeavour to cast over the actual, that atmosphere from the realms of the ideal, which, while it constitutes the very element of fiction, is neither inconsistent with intellectual truthfulness, nor unfriendly to the great policies of human society.