Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 110a Sarah Lawrence Drew Griffin >> Page 27

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JUNE 1841 27
of intention if such is the case. I am a very unconventional sort of person; very ardent in my temperament, very earnest in my object; express myself usually in the first words that come uppermost; write usually as I talk; and as the world goes, am accounted a somewhat rude, blunt man. An unamiable character, enough, but one which, perhaps, is not without its virtues, which, in my case, I must leave to the charity of my friends to find out for themselves. Do me the kindness, my dear madam, to take for granted that I have every disposition to promote your wishes, and to do justice to your claims, as well as Lady as Litterateur. Do not be angry at my inadvertencies; believe only that an habitually earnest—perhaps, dictatorial habit of speech, has beguiled me into a too great plainness of utterance, in which I betray my own bluntness of character, without meaning to offend the sensibilities of yours. I trust I am forgiven for all my unwitting offences.
In giving utterance to my opinions on Magazines, & Southern Literature, I was prompted by a desire to comply with your request. It is not improbable that I exaggerate the difficulties in your way. I trust sincerely you will find it so. But in thinking as I do, I was bound to speak sincerely. The easiest task in the world, is to answer as the world would wish it be answered. My choice is not the easiest, and my opinions, therefore, are not likely to be often the most popular. If in the case of young beginners, however, they produce an extra degree of caution, and lessen to a certain extent, that wild and sanguine confidence, which in our country ruins so many thou-sand, my purpose will be answered, and I shall be satisfied. I have no doubt that you know better than I do, the sort of materiel which will better please the great body of readers—nay, with some qualification, I am willing to agree with you; but it does not need that we should attempt a discussion which involves so many controversial points. Enough that I wish you god speed, and will try to do what I can to promote your successes.—The notice of the 'Corn-

periodical . . . I do so under the enfeebling conviction that my labors and those of the editor are taken in vain; that the work will be little read, seldom paid for, and will finally, and after no very long period of spasmodic struggle, sink into that gloomy receptacle of the 'lost and abused things of earth,' which, I suspect, by this time possesses its very sufficient share of Southern periodical literature."