Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 140c Richard Henry Wilde >> Page 55

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription AUGUST 1842 55
everywhere are ready & willing to do justice. Permit me to say that my opinions were sincere, and their expression has not been con-fined to your own ears, nor to the present day.
Should I, at any time, be passing through Augusta, I shall have equal pride and pleasure in availing myself of your friendly invitation. To know you, in pro: per:, will even tempt me to go out of my way. I had the pleasure of seeing & hearing you, I think, in 1832,-at Washington, but I did not make your acquaintance. I beg that you will not scruple to seek me out, when you come to Carolina.' I shall always be rejoiced to see you. When in the city (Charleston) by applying at the Bookstore of Hart, he will send a guide with you to my wigwam, which is rather an obscure one in the suburbs; and, during the winter, I am mostly to be found at the plantation of my wife's father' in Barnwell District, on the Rail Road Line, and within a mile of the Midway Station, some 62 miles from Augusta. It might be, at a moment of greater ennui than usual, that a run down to our place would put you in better humour with the great outer, and the little inner world of man; and by giving me an intimation, a few days, or even a day before hand of your contemplated benevolence, I should take the carriage to meet you at Midway. Though we are in opposite political houses,' yet our stock of poetical talk will supply topics sufficiently numerous to exclude discussion by a most natural process; and that you are a Southern man & poet, justifies me in taking for granted that you are sufficiently sectional to enable us to get up a little exclusively home party in Letters. You readily understand the distinction between a determined advocacy of Southern mind, its claims, rights & pretensions, and that hostility to Northern mind, which is impertinently alleged against me, by those who desire to shift their own responsibility to the shoulders of their little neighbourhoods.

'Dated by Simms' remark that he has consented "to conduct a periodical." He had become editor of the Magnolia with the number for July 1842.
'In 1832 Wilde was a member from Georgia of the U.S. House of Representatives. His home was Augusta until late 1843 or early 1844, when he moved to New Orleans. See Edward L. Tucker, Richard Henry Wilde: His Life and Selected Poems (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 119661), pp. 33, 68.
'Nash Roach. See introductory sketch of the Simms family circle. 'Wilde was a Whig.