Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription 268 THE CUB OF THE PANTHER
and the last paragraph. Moreover, Mattie Fuller is said to have "been long
since gathered to her mothers, having left five stalwart sons, all hunters like
their sire"; yet her son Mike Baynam Fuller (who became an Episcopal clergy-
man) was apparently an only child for seventeen years, hunting as a young
teen with his supposed cousin, the Cub. Either Simms got confused in tying
up the last paragraph, or a hasty conclusion was provided by an editor or
compositor to fit the serialized format.
7. Simms was well acquainted with Southern dueling: His marriage to
Chevillette Roach may have been delayed because of the 1836 death of her
only sibling, the result of a duel in 1833. Moreover, Simms himself apparently
was challenged in 1846 over a review he had written; because of intervention
by a mutual friend, the duel never took place. (See L, I, 90n; L, II, 201-3,
258–61; and Guilds, Simms, 246.)
8. See Miriam Shillingsburg, "Simms's Failed Lecture Tour of 1856: The
Mind of the North," in Guilds, ed., "Long Years of Neglect.""Imbecile" was a
key word in both Charles Sumner's 1856 speech on Kansas in which he
maligned South Carolina and Sen. Andrew P. Butler and in Simms's 1857
refutation of Sumner's misrepresentations.