Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JULY 24, 1842 51
Hall) of New York. But I will send an article to Mrs. Griffin which will square our obligations. I deducted one half of the difference of exchange, however, amounting to something like six dollars.2 I had directed an exchange with the Companion before recieving your letter, and, by this time, I suppose that Mrs. G. must be in reciept of the July number of the Magnolia. A notice of her School Books was prepared but excluded from our July number by the press of matter which had been lying some time on hand. I am in hopes that Mr. Burges' will treat with you for the Companion. Say to Mrs. G. that I should really be well pleased to have her a resident of Charleston.' I do not see that the injustice of her contemporaries is any evil, since it will have the effect of stimulating her exertions to disprove their disparagements, and baffle their hostility. If wrong indues her with the proper strength and courage it will prove a blessing rather than an injury. As for the Knickerbockers & some
"Southern Education—Books," in which he discusses for the most part the books which S. Babcock and Co. had published. In the Aug. number, p. 126, he published a short note entitled "Griffin's School Books," in which he commends Mrs. Griffin's Southern Primary Reader, Southern Second Class Book, and Southern Third Class Book "to the examination of Southern teachers generally." He remarks that it is "absolutely important in the South" to have this class of writings prepared by southerners.
Griffin tried to collect the money for Lawson's subscription from Lawson. Simms wrote Lawson to pay him nothing: "The scamp owes me five times the money & was told to charge me with your subt. I have this day written him to the same effect" (see letters to Lawson of Oct. 16 1177 and 1781). Simms seems to have collected nothing from Griffin for his contributions to the Family Companion, since on Nov. 9, 1843, he wrote to Lawson (183): "Of course pay nothing to Griffin. I have heard nothing from him since giving him his answer."
James S. Burges of the firm of Burges and James, publisher of the Magnolia. Robert James was his partner.
Early in 1842 Griffin, needing help for himself and for his wife, negotiated with William Tappan Thompson (1812—1882) to merge his Augusta Mirror with the Family Companion under the latter title. Thompson became Mrs. Griffin's coeditor with the issue for Mar. 15, 1842, but left the periodical after the June 1842 number (for the quarrel that ended this partnership, see Flanders, Early Georgia Magazines, pp. 64—65). The Griffins apparently were discouraged about the future of the magazine. In a letter to John Neal dated Aug. 3, 1842 (original in the Houghton Library, Harvard University), Mrs. Griffin writes that she wishes someone would buy the Companion—"not ... a bad speculation, for we have nearly a thousand subscribers. . . . If Mr. G. could dispose of the C. for $2500 1 think he would do it and removing to Charleston go into the publishing line altogether. He is strongly inclined that way."'In her letter to Neal of Aug. 3, Mrs. Griffin writes that she thinks the Knickerbocker has "very much deteriorated.""As for the gossip I had as lief take a jest