Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription 54 THE SIMMS LETTERS
140b : To JOHN NEAL

Charleston Augt. 8. [1842]' Dear Sir

You are a man after my own heart. I like plain speaking. You shall have the highest price that our Publishers pay to any body, viz. Two dollars a page, and large pages they are,—but I am well assured that the single consideration of the pecuniary recompense is not yours. I shall be pleased to advise you of any improvement in the resources of the work which shall enable it to offer more. We should be pleased to recieve from you a paper for each no.—not exceeding five pages, if possible.' I need not say to you what sort of stuff we desire. You have had a long magazine experience—sufficiently long to enable you to determine what is best for our pages. It may seem anomalous, but you will understand me, when I say, that one of the reasons why the South has had so little periodical literature, is in consequence of the high standards upon which her educated men insist. They are too fastidious in their tastes to recieve pleasure from ordinary sources, and the ignorant, knowing their opinions, adopt them though with no such good reason. Yours &c. W. G. Simms
Charleston, Augt 11. [18421' My dear Sir
Your mode of self estimate is quite foreign to the practice of the day. But one may safely disparage himself, to whom his neighbours

'In Neal's "Letter Book" in the Houghton Library, Harvard University, this letter is arranged with the 1842 letters. It is obviously an answer to Neal's reply to Simms' letter of July 27 (140A), requesting contributions to the Magnolia.
'Neal published two pieces of prose in the Magnolia: "Other Days; or Disinterred Opinions" and "The Lottery Ticket," N. S., II (Jan. and June 1843), 41-47, 364-367.
'This letter is printed by James E. Kibler, Jr., in "A New Letter of Simms to Richard Henry Wilde: On the Advancement of Sectional Literature," American Literature, XLIV (1973), 667-670.