Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 116a Sarah Lawrence Drew Griffin >> Page 33

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription SEPTEMBER 1841 33
paragraphs.' Your own Editorials (Qu?) betray unnecessary timidity.' I suspect you feel alarmed, but you really need not. You give an ample quantity of matter, and in this have the advantage of several of your competitors. I do not think that your artists have been quite successful with the plate. The choice of the subject was very unfortunate. The scene itself, now that my taste is more mature, should never have been written.' At all events it is one of those scenes of which the artist could make little or nothing. You recollect, also, that I warned you that the Partisan I considered the most faulty and the least successful of any of my books. You were pleased to think differently, but without impressing me with your own more favorable estimate. How you can give a plate at all, is another subject of wonder.—I intended that my sonnets should be published as a series. I wrote you or meant to write you, that I should regularly give you a contribution of verse for each number. Let me beg that you will put the remaining sonnets in a batch together—unless they usurp a place that might be better occupied.9—I note your offer for prizes. Perhaps, it would be advisable
"The first number contains the following tales: The Ins and the Outs, or the Last of the Bamboozled" ("By a Disappointed Man" [John Neal]), "The Governess" (by Mrs. Emma C. Embury), "The Elopement" (by "M. G. M."), the first part of "The Deed of Gift, a Domestic Tale" (by Samuel Woodworth), and the first part of "Vaudrey, a Tale of the Tierra de Guerra" (unsigned), pp. 13-23, 30-34, 36-42, 44-46, 48-51.
In her "Editorial Department," pp. 63-64, Mrs. Griffin discusses the aims of the Family Companion: "To cater for every department of the family—afford a guide in the management of its various concerns, and prepare the sprightly tale to while away the leisure hour, require talents as varied as the subjects themselves.. .
While by our tales and essays we would enliven the fancy, cultivate the taste, and establish correct moral principles, we would cultivate the higher intellectual powers by essays of a more labored character, for the subjects of which the vast fields of Science afford ample materials." She pledges that "all which appears in our pages, shall be pure, elevated, and refined; and we shall labor most industriously to make our publication worthy the name it bears—a Companion fit for that holiest place in the world, the Family Circle—a Mirror from whose reflections images may be formed, which will be models worthy of being copied into the life, actions, and sentiments of the Ladies who may peruse its pages."'The frontispiece to the first number is an engraving ("Painted & Engraved by Jordan & Halpin, N. Y.") entitled "The Murder of Sergeant Clough, by the Maniac Frampton," from The Partisan, Chap. 9. This is not the scene from The Partisan which Mrs. Griffin wanted illustrated (see note 4, June 8, 1841 MOM.
'Under the heading "Heart Fancies: A Series of Sonnets, by the Author of 'Atalantis,''The Yemassee,'&c." is printed one sonnet: "I. Invocation," p. 9. In the number for Jan. 15, 1842 (1, 200-201), Mrs. Griffin under the same heading