Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 119b Sarah Lawrence Drew Griffin >> Page 39

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription SEPTEMBER 1841 39
me by making this inquiry of your husband to whom they may be sent if the prospect of selling them shall seem fair to him. For my own part I have no faith in our taste for any of the Fine Arts. I send you, by this mail, a copy of the Charleston Courier of this day which contains a notice of the "Companion". Our papers are chiefly business sheets, do not deal much in literary criticism and perhaps exercise a very small influence over the opinions of our people. You are already in possession of my opinions on the subject of periodical literature and its chances of success in the South.' Your state betrays a more active character, and a more ambitious spirit, in literary matters, than any of its Southern sisters, and this may tend to falsify my predictions and disperse my fears. At all events whatever I may do incidentally in promoting the success of your journal, shall be done. But individually I go but seldom into society, and my time is really so much tasked, that I am prevented doing what I would, for yourself & other literary friends, in the shape of an occasional notice in the public prints. I trust shortly to be relieved from this pressure; when, if a kind word from me will be of service, your work shall have it.—The writer of the Pacolette papers is not a Mr. Porter, but "Col. Henry of Spartanburg."5 I really forget his Christian name & address, but will endeavour to procure & send them to you. Possibly, a communication addressed simply as above will find him out. You should secure the contributions of Dr. Wm. H. Simmons of St. Augustine, a gentleman who writes a very excellent article in prose & verse, though a very villainous scrawl. Your printer will be very apt to regard it as Tony Lumpkin regarded the pothooks of his cousin.6 He is the author of an account of the Seminole Indians, and of "Onea" one of the most beautiful fragments of Southern poetry which I can now lay my hands on. He
This letter, which we have not located, is referred to by Simms in his letter to Mrs. Griffin of June 8, 1841 (110a).
lames Edward Henry (see note 227, Aug. 21, 1847 [4001) was at this time publishing his "Tales of the Packolette" (or "The Tales of Packolette Hall") in the Magnolia. To the Family Companion he contributed "A Saturday Night's Stroll through the Market," II (Apr. 1842), 30-33.
6"A damn'd crampiece of penmanship as ever I saw in my life. I can read your print-hand very well. But here there are such handles, and shanks, and dashes, that one can scarce tell the head from the tail." Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer, Act IV.