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Wm. Gilmore Simms.

--The Charleston Courier, alluding to the recent calamity which befell the distinguished Southern author, Wm. Gilmore Simms, says:

‘ He has, indeed, been sorely tried, most sadly beset by family afflictions and pecuniary lots . He has buried nine of fourteen children, one or more of them recently; within the past two years he lost his dwelling-house in this city, by fire, and was entirely uninsured; and now a fire of unknown origin has consumed his noble and hospitable homestead, with many valuables, and he is rendered homeless and houseless.--This happened, too, while he was benevolently sheltering two families besides his own. He was insured in the Fireman's Insurance Company; and he will scarcely receive the full amount of his policy, in consequence of the heavy losses of that company by the late disastrous conflagration; but we have reason to believe that he will realize more than he and his neighbor friends anticipate.

’ In addition to his other misfortunes, the exciting war has involved him in literary shipwreck, and lost him some $20,000, in copyrights, and stereotype and other plates, at the North, which were wont to yield him from $1,200 to $1,800 annually, but which are now confiscated by pilfering Lincolndom. We deeply sympathize with our afflicted friend in his varied and accumulated losses and misfortunes; but we counsel him commonly fortitude and Christian resignation, even under his more than ordinary weight of human woe.

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