Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription SEPTEMBER 1841 37
the sonnets & Oakatibbe. We can have a more decided understanding in the event of further contributions.'
I do not know that I shall be free to do anything for a month, unless it be to correct some occasional copies of verse, which are already by me. Pledges of performance made a year ago, and interrupted by the sickness & death in my family, are now pressing upon me. I write daily, on an average from 15 to 22 pages of foolscap. Hard work this, & grievously against the spirit. I trust to be free by November & to continue tolerably free during the winter. The paper of Mr. Curtis on Sacred Poetry is very well written.' The Ins & Outs very spirited—very well done. Perhaps a little over done—but still lively & stirring. Who is the author?—I cannot guess.'
I repeat that your book is singularly creditable,—not as a first number merely. I do not doubt that you will succeed in making a deserving & valuable miscellany—of your recompense I say nothing. Time will show. You give perhaps too much matter, but you know best.—I regret to hear that you have been sick, but the bracing airs of October are already with us, and you cannot help but do well now. You have my sincere wishes for your restoration to health, with the success of your literary & all other pursuits.
Very respectfully Yr obt sery &c
W. G. Simms
P. S. You request a very spirited article for no. 3? When will that number appear? I know not what leisure will be left me, and can therefore promise nothing. But one thing I may say—I regard the writing of small stories as a grievous task. These things are done by every body. I have become so arbitrary in these matters, that I write only in obedience to my humours. I prefer a spirited essay or Re-

'No further contributions by Simms were published in the Family Companion.
'Rev. Dr. Thomas Curtis, "The Poetry of the Bible," pp. 2-9. Curtis's article is continued through seven successive issues of the periodical. Curtis (1787-1859), a native of England, came to the United States in 1829. For many years he was pastor of the Wentworth Street Baptist Church in Charleston.
"The Ins and the Outs, or the Last of the Bamboozled," published as "By a Disappointed Man," pp. 13-23, was written by John Neal.