Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 110a Sarah Lawrence Drew Griffin >> Page 28

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 28 THE SIMMS LETTERS
panion' which I sent you, contained in the Charleston Courier was only in part written by myself. The portions so eulogistic of the novel, were interpolated by the Editor, who is a very warm friend of mine, and, I believe, conscientiously thinks of the work all that he said. I need not again assure you,—in spite of your very flattering remarks in opposition—that, on this subject, I cannot help differing in toto from both of you. I wish it were what you believe it, as well for your sakes as for mine. I regret the mistake about the subject of the plate, but it will not be injurious, and is not of vital moment.4 Am I to understand that the sketches are from your pencil? Are you able to exclaim with the Italian—"Anch' io son pittore!" If so, I should like you to send me some of the illustrative sketches you have made, for though no manipulator, I am yet, professedly, a wonderful dealer in grouping & landscape.
I enclose you a batch of sonnets, which I really think among the best of these things which I have ever done.' I am very much afraid that I shall be able to do nothing in season of the sort you wish. My engagements with my publishers are very pressing. I am pledged
'In his notice of the "Prospectus" of the Family Companion in the Courier of May 27 Simms remarks that Mrs. Griffin, "it is understood, is highly accomplished, well read, endowed with no small critical sagacity, and possessed of a nice discriminating taste, which will be sufficient to guaranty to her lady patrons a melange of equal interest and delicacy." Richard Yeadon (see introductory sketch), editor of the Courier, praises Simms' Partisan in the following passage: "It (the periodical) will contain fine steel engravings from original drawings, illustrative of Southern events, romance and scenery. The first of these, now in preparation for the first number of the work, will be the illustration of a battle piece from SIMMs' elegant and striking novel of the 'Partisan'—an appropriate homage to Southern literature." The first number of the Family Companion has as a frontispiece an engraving entitled "The Murder of Sergeant Clough, by the Maniac Frampton" (see note 8, Sept. 8, 1841 1116a)), but this was not the scene from The Partisan which Mrs. Griffin had wanted illustrated. In her "Editorial Department" (p. 64) she comments: "Our plate for this number is not what we intended it should be. The volume and page of the Partisan was designated from which the artist was to make the sketch, but from some inadvertance, the wrong volume was taken, which changed the entire character of the plate." Apparently the scene Mrs. Griffin wanted is that of Major Singleton addressing his troops prior to their ambush of Amos Gaskens and his Tories (11, Chap. xiii)—a scene certainly more suitable, if less graphic, for a "Companion fit for the holiest place in the world, the Family Circle" (see note 7, Sept. 8, 1841 11 16a)). But if the Courier is correct, Mrs. Griffin had chosen the ambush itself (11, Chap. xv).
"Heart Fancies: A Series of Sonnets." See note 9, Sept. 8, 1841 (116a).