Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription 8 THE SIMMS LETTERS
would quarrel with God Almighty himself, if he was not providential to have resolved never to admit them into near neighbourhood with him.
You must pardon me for trespassing so long; but perhaps, it will not be unimportant to you to be shown how this business moves one—and possibly, many—of your constituents. To me, under my present views of matters & things, it is of little real importance—certainly not of vital importance—if we were to secede from the Union; and the policy might be a good one, if it were only to bring the "blatant beast"4 to his senses. I think the course of the abolitionists-states, highly favorable to Texas—it will have the effect of forcing her into the Union; though with ten thousand rifles she is scarcely wise in halting where she is.5 Mexico is still a well fortuned damsel, and like most such, is any thing but invulnerable to proper manhood. Yrs Ever &c
W. Gilmore Simms
63a : To HUGH SWINTON LEGARE

Woodlands. Jan 29. [1838]' My dear Sir

I am truly sorry for having trespassed so unprofitably upon you. I knew not the precise degree of your limitations, and in my simplicity of heart, took it for granted that a Representative was beyond all laws. Let me, as such is not the case, trespass still further upon you, by praying you to pay such expenses as have been incurred,

'A monster, "a dreadful, feend, of gods and men ydrad," kept by Detraction and Envy in the Faerie Queene, Book V, Canto xii, Stanza 37. See also Book VI, where the Blatant Beast is allegorical of slander.
'Texas declared its independence from Mexico on Mar. 2, 1836, and established the Republic of Texas. There was considerable controversy over the annexation of Texas by the United States because of the addition of a large slave-holding state to the Union, but on Dec. 29, 1845, Texas technically became a state and on Feb. 19, 1846, one in fact.
63a
'Dated by Simms' remarks concerning "the packet" that he had asked Legate to frank and send to "a Philadelphia publisher." See letter to Legate of Jan. 15 (62a).