Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription 26 THE SIMMS LETTERS
110a : TO SARAH LAWRENCE DREW GRIFFIN'
Charleston, S. C. June 8. [1841]2 My dear Madame
Your last favor has been lying by me unanswered because of my sheer physical inability to bring myself to the labors of the desk. My little family, myself not exempt, have all been suffering from sickness, not the less annoying because it was not actually dangerous. Even now I am suffering from disordered digestion the certain consequence of our warm climate & my sedentary pursuits. I trust this statement of facts will do away with any impression of neglect which may have been induced by my delay to answer.
I gather from something in the tone of your last letter that I must have said some thing in one of mine which was obnoxious to misconstruction.' Let me in this place assure you of my innocence
110a
'Mrs. Griffin (1812—1872) and her husband, Benjamin F. Griffin (1808-1887), both natives of New England, settled in Macon, Ga., in 1835. She was the author of a number of schoolbooks designed for use in the South (see note 13, Sept. 8, 1841 [116a]), published by her husband, who also wrote schoolbooks addressed to a southern audience. In 1856 the Griffins moved to Brunswick, Ga., and four years later to Manhattan, Kans. This letter and the following letters to the Griffins are concerned largely with her periodical, the Family Companion and Ladies Mirror (Macon, Ga.). The first issue of this periodical is dated Oct. 15, 1841, the last Feb. 1843.
All of the letters to the Griffins included in this volume of Simms' letters are printed in Robert A. Rees's and Marjorie Griffin's "William Gilmore Simms and The Family Companion," Studies in Bibliography. XXIV (1'471), 109—129. Our texts are from photographic copies of the originals in the possession of Marjorie Griffin, who has kindly given us permission to include the letters in our volume.
'Dated by Simms' remarks about the illness of his family and of himself (see letters to Lawson of May 29 and to Roberts of June 2, 1841 1109 and 110)), about his pledge for "two large works to be finished this summer" (see note 6, below), and about his notice of the "Prospectus" of the Family Companion (see note 4, below).
'We have not located these letters. But judging from Simms' following remarks in this letter, one can assume he repeated to Mrs. Griffin the same ideas on southern periodicals he had at some length expressed in his letter to Philip C. Pendleton, published in the Magnolia, Ill (Jan. 1841). 1—6 (reprinted as letter 95 in The Letters of William Gilmore Simms): southern periodicals will inevitably fail because of the scarcity of good articles, the falling off of subscribers, and the pressure of pecuniary difficulties. "The hope of success for your periodical must be built upon something more than an array of formidable names. Is it upon the increasing intellectual appetite among our people? I wish I could believe it... . But, I cannot help but doubt; and when I sit down to write for a Southern