Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JUNE 1842 49 135a : To RUFUS WILMOT GRISWOLD
Charleston, June 7. [1842]' dear Sir
I see by the papers that you have become Editor of Graham's Magazine. By the accompanying circular, you will see that I also am among the prophets.' It will give me pleasure to exchange with you, magazines & courtesies. Shall it be so? I have just glanced over your 'Poets'. It is decidedly the best collection ever made. The plate is not so well done, but the work is beautifully got up in every respect.' Personally I have no complaint. I could have wished how-ever that you had been less costive with some & a little more so with others,—but it is difficult to satisfy every body. Very Respectfully
Yr ob. Sery &c
W. G. Simms R. W. Griswold, Esq.

'Dated by Simms' remark that Griswold has become editor of Graham's Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine. Griswold became associated with Graham's in May 1842. His work as editor began with the July number and ended with the Oct. 1843 number. See Bayless, Rufus Wilmot Griswold, pp. 54-55.
'Simms became editor of the Magnolia; or Southern Monthly with the July 1842 number. In moving the magazine from Savannah to Charleston he altered the title to the Magnolia; or, Southern Apnlachian. A Literary Magazine and Monthly Review. (see note 41, June 4, 1842 [1351). In her "Editorial Department" Mrs. Griffin writes in the Family Companion, II (Sept. 1842), 374: "This Southern work in changing hands, has almost entirely changed its character. It can no longer be called a periodical of light literature, occupied as it is with weighty material. It now bids fair to become one of the standard works of the country, if continued with the sound sense, vigor, and industry which have characterized the numbers already issued. We are pleased also to see by an announcement in a Portland paper, that the pen of the gifted John Neal, one of our own favorite contributors, has been engaged for the Magnolia. We are the more pleased at this, as it shows that the narrow policy of employing only Southern writers has been abandoned, and more just views taken of the means best adapted to foster a taste for literature among the people, which must be done ere the South can lay claim to a literature of its own. Our own efforts have been directed to this end, and with the co-operation of our older and now abler brother, the Magnolia, we trust the South will not remain long under the reproach of being a people who neither read nor write. Long life to the Magnolia, and all other enterprises calculated to cherish and sustain Southern literature."
The "Literary Circular" of the Magnolia (not preserved with this letter) is re-produced in Vol. 1 of The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, facing p. 329.
'In his review of Griswold's The Poets and Poetry of America (Philadelphia: Carey