Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JULY 1842 53
On the subject of the work "Beauchampe" I should much prefer just now to say nothing. It & its companions are imputed to me, and in such cases I neither deny nor admit. It will give me no sort of concern whether they impute it to me or not, in whatever terms;—my rule is simply, not, myself, to give them any authority, which they might use, for doing either. Mrs. G— will not only easily understand me, but my reasons, in this matter. Say to her that the Magnolia shall always be sent her—that I have an unfeigned respect for her talents & congratulate her sincerely on what she has done, & upon her increasing courage. Her article on Campbell was well done.' I shall be really happy to know her better.—I fancy that you & Pendleton had best say nothing to each other. You seem both too bitter & too hostile to concur in any arrangement. Mr. Burges is a man of plain business habits—much moderation & good sense—very strict in what he undertakes & very cautious in all money matters. He tells me that your charge for your list is an extravagant one.8 On this subject, as I really know nothing, I pretend to no opinion. With best respects to your lady & good wishes.
I am, (hastily) Your obt. sery &c
W. G. Simms Mr. B. F. Griffin
write like northern men and Americans, and southrons write like southern men and Americans. But d[o] let them all write—men and women too—and not one set up to speak for the other. Let them write, write, write, and speak, speak, speak—but let us all be heard in our own way, and we may be assured, the world in general, and the 'Republic of Letters' in particular, will be none the worse off for it; provided always that we write and speak as Christians and men of sense should write and speak."
7"The Pilgrim of Glencoe" (a review of Thomas Campbell's poem) in the Family Companion, 11 (May 1842), (120]-123.
'See note 4, above.