Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 140c Richard Henry Wilde >> Page 56

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 56 THE SIMMS LETTERS
You will do me the favor to believe that in consenting to conduct a periodical, I am not governed by pecuniary considerations. I do not expect to make but to lose money by the process. But I feel every day, more & more, the humiliating relation in which the South stands to the North, and the gross injustice which naturally results from such relation. To change this in some [degre]eb is my object, and for which I make some sacrifices. Of course, I insist upon my pay,—but I am very far from esteeming this compensation.—But a long letter, unless from a Politician, is, I take for granted, scarcely agreeable to a Politician. Believe me, even while editing maga, I regard myself as more genially engaged than you. You will call this self complacence, but—what do you think of the news from North Carolina?' Does it not persuade you of the better policy of giving us some fine sketches from Italian Life, scenery character, &c. by which you will be enabled to escape from the cloudy atmosphere of party, into one more blue & serene.8 Faith-fully, Yr friend &c
W. G. Simms
P.S. You were an absentee from the beginning & during the greater part of my brief literary career. I have not all the poetical works which I have put forth during that period; but I send you one of them,—the crude performance of nineteen.' You will find in a volume called "Southern Passages & Pictures", a better sample of my muse,—if the subject be worth regard.
Again, Very respectfully Yr obt Servt
W. G. Simms Hon. R. H. Wilde.

"The MS. is torn.
The Charleston Courier of Aug. 11 prints under the heading of "Correspondence" a letter from Goldsboro, N.C., dated Aug. 9, reporting on the election held on Aug. 4: "The vote for Governor will be much closer than for the last eight years. [Louis D.l HENRY runs well up with his ticket, and the Democrats gain every where." See also the Courier of Aug. 8 and Aug. 10.
"Wilde had reluctantly become a candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives. See Tucker, pp. 65-66.
'Either Lyrical and Other Poems (Charleston: Ellis Sr Neufille, 1827) or Early Lays (Charleston.: A. E. Miller, 1827).