Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription AUGUST 1841 31
summer, now writes me that they are too long for his work.' Will these articles suit you? I suppose the story would make some thirty five pages of the usual novel size. The poem, which I took pains with, contains something between 2 and 300 lines. The story is called "Annihilation." I fancy it is quite as good as most of the stories I have written. The poem I value among the best of the kind which I have yet done. It is called "The Traveller's Rest." Pray let me hear from you at once on the subject, as, wanting money, I must make an early disposition of them elswhere should they not suit you, or should your offer not suit me.' I wrote copiously some-time ago to Mr. Griswold, but am not apprised of the rect. of my letter.' Your paper has not reached me for some weeks—the mage. not for a month. Very respectfully
Yr ob Sery
W. G. Simms Geo. Roberts, Esq.
'David H. Williams was publisher of The Token. The editors of the annual for 1842 were Williams and George Stillman Hillard.
'Either Roberts did not want the tale or the poem for the Boston Notion or Roberts' Semi–Monthly Magazine, or he did not offer to pay Simms what he wanted for them. They were published in the Magnolia, N. S., 1 (Nov. 1842), 288-298, 385–388. In his letter to Lawson of Oct. 13 (120) Simms writes that Roberts and Griswold "have not treated me well."'Rufus Wilmot Griswold (see introductory sketch) became editor of the Boston Notion with the issue of May 6; he severed his connection with Roberts early in Aug. (see Joy Bayless, Rufus Wilmot Griswold: Poe's Literary Executor [Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 19431, pp. 36, 41). Simms' letter to Griswold written "sometime ago" is doubtless his letter of June 20 (l I la), containing auto-biographical information for the sketch of Simms in Griswold's The Poets and Poetry of America (Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1842). Lawson wrote the account of Simms for this volume (see letters to Lawson of Oct. 13 and Oct. 16 [120 and 122J).