Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 171a John Caldwell Calhoun >> Page 69

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Transcription AUGUST 1843 69
astically in concocting a scheme by which foreign art will be made familiar to our people) I am not so sure that it will lie within your usual custom to respond to his application,—but this is a matter which, of course, will wholly lie within your own judgment. Enough for me that I can assure you of the good faith with which his application has been made. He fancies that the slight but grateful acquaintance with which I have been honored by you will persuade you to regard his letter in an inoffensive light. With very great, respect, I am Sir, your obt. & obliged Servant
W. Gilmore Simms of South Carolina

I would also ask how far—to what amount per year—we ought to make sacrifices for the general good of the world. The idea that each nation is to act for its own advantage exclusively, not regarding the influence of its example, is frequently inculcated by political teachers; but I apprehend that a loss, for a short time, of a few millions per year, should not deter us from being the first to adopt what we believe to he the true policy.
I have read the speech to which you referred the Committee of the Indiana Convention; which, though it fully answers the inquiries of that Committee, does not enable me to judge whether you would favor the views I wish to advance.
Your obedient servant,
J. Kenrick Fisher.
246 East Broadway, New-York.
The fact that Simms attempted to get Calhoun to pay attention to Fisher's letter perhaps indicates that he approved of his views.
'John Kenrick Fisher (b. 1807), portrait and historical painter, studied in England and exhibited at the Royal Academy and other London galleries during 1830-1832. In 1837 and early 1838 he worked in Charleston, and Simms could have met him there. In 1843 he was living in New York City. We do not know what "scheme" he was "concocting ... by which foreign art will be made familiar to our people."