Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 32 THE SIMMS LETTERS
Charleston, Sep. 8. [1841)' My dear Madam
Your first number was recieved yesterday, & I must confess quite surpasses my expectations. You have done wonders. In fineness of paper, neatness of appearance, general propriety and completeness, your work will bear free comparison with the best of our periodicals. Your letter press too is very good. John Neal's verses are rather less mad than usual & contain some forcible & fine lines.' Those by Wilde, though not equal to some other of his pieces, are graceful & sensible.' The paper on Classical Literature, by our young countryman Holmes, shows reading and is very well expressed. Perhaps it shows too much reading. The notes are quite unnecessary & cumber the narrative, besides giving an air of pedantry to the paper which lessens the reader's interest as well in the writer as in the subject. If they are to be put in, I would recommend that you throw them at the foot of the columns, and not suffer them to be massed like so many unmeaning hyeroglyphics, to themselves.; The article on Education, though very sensible & showing thought is too long.' The commonplaces of this subject should be rejected in such essays. Of the tales I cannot well judge having only glanced at a few
'Dated by Simms' discussion of the first number of the Family Companion and Ladies' Mirror, dated Oct. 15, 1841. The Charleston Courier of Sept. 29 remarks that "we have received the specimen number" of the magazine.
,"One Day in the History of the World," pp. 10-13.
'"Lines Written for Viscountess 's Album," p. 34. Simms later met Richard Henry Wilde (see introductory sketch) and corresponded with him.
'"Outlines of an Essay, on the Causes Which Contributed to Produce the Peculiar Excellence of Ancient Literature" (signed "G. F. H."), pp. 56-59. When the continuation of the essay was published in the issue of Nov. 15, pp. 112-120, Mrs. Griffin took Simms' advice and omitted the notes, remarking in her "Editorial Department," p. 128, that she was "obliged" to do so. George Frederick Holmes (see introductory sketch) became Simms' close friend and correspondent.
"Education," pp. 51-55, by John Darby (1804-1877), at this time professor of chemistry and philosophy at the Georgia Female College.