Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription SCRUPLES OF TIIE ORATOR. 439
derness of the corns on the big toe of the heart.' When shall there be a Texan poet."
Lord save you, we've got a matters of more than fifty-five already. We've got a Texan IIemans, and a Texan Tennyson ´┐Żnay, we've got three Tennysons, and more than thirteen Byrons. Oh ! we are not so badly off for poets as you think. In Galveston there's a poet who weighs more than two hundred and eighty pounds, and he has sighed out love poetry enough to fill the sails of a California clipper. It's the opinion of some of our people that we owe most of our worthies to his love poems. Latterly, he's gone into the elegiac ; and since Tennyson's ' In Memoriam,' he has done nothing but write ' In Memoriams.' Ile has mourned the loss of more dear friends since the date of that publication, than he ever knew people. In fact, not to be irreverent, speaking of poetry, there's hardly a person in all Texas that would lend him a picayune, though it should save his soul from the gallows."" Save his soul from the gallows ! A new idea of the punishments employed in Tophet. Fancy the soul of a poet weighing two hundred and eighty pounds hung up to dry in the devil's clothes garden !"
But all this talk," interrupted the son of Gotham, must not be suffered to deprive us of our portrait of the South-Carolinian."
You get no such portrait from me," answered the Alabamian, abruptly.
And why not ?" interrupted the North-Carolinian. ' You had no scruples in dealing with the Old Dominion and the old North State."
Very true : but there are reasons why I should have scruples when we come to South Carolina. I know the faults and the foibles of that little state as well as any person in this crowd, and I am as well able, I reckon, to describe them. But I will not. In the first place, I look to that same state to set us right yet in this confederacy. I feel that she will be the first to dare and brave the struggle when it comes, and I will in no way, however small, do or say anything to weaken her hands by disparaging her features. Besides, Miss Burroughs this to you --I owe my mother to South Carolina, and the cradle which has