Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription JANUARY 1846 81
style of debate. It is probably quite as well that your ears were not privy to your castigation. Whether you felt them tingle where you are, or not, is a matter for your own memory & conscience. I did not hear any of the discussion, but learn that they rowed my correspondent up salt river,—1 suppose in the hope that he would keep there. A correspondent of one of the Charleston newspapers, has quite cleverly discussed you, and handled your weak points with considerable skill of weapon. I will try & send you one or more of the papers.4—I am truly glad that my 'Views' please you.' One thing,6 I fancy may be said of them—they are the honest expressions of one who tries, if he has not altogether learned, to think from & for himself.—When I go to the city, I will contrive to send you all the wanting numbers of my Magazine. Its connection with the Messenger, puts the critical dept. of both works under my control, if I please to exercise my privilege. As yet I have done nothing for the Messenger, being quite too busy in my own affairs.'—I am now busy on the Life of Capt. John Smith—the famous Capt. of Virginia. It will make a vol. like that of Marion,—and I think quite an interesting one.''—When are we to have your essaysj9 Positively our American publishers treat our American authors after a rascally fashion. We must wait upon the ragtag & bobtail of Europe, and—but indignation is only wasted.—When I write Jones—you shall have a copy.10 I am now waiting for material. Of Smith, I shall see
'Jones'"The Temperance Question" was published in the Southern and Western Monthly Magazine and Review, 11 (Nov. 1845), 305-313. Simms thought the article "clumsily & carelessly written, & by no means profound"; he omitted a passage on the Methodists and accompanied the paper with some remarks of his own (see letter to Duyckinck of Aug. 8, 1845 12701). Articles entitled "The Temperance Question," signed "Claude" and attacking Jones' essay, were published in the Charleston Courier of Jan. 14, Jan. 21, and Jan. 23.
'The First Series of Simms' Views and Reviews in American Literature, History and Fiction was published around May 1, 1846, the Second Series in July 1847. See note 284, Aug. 7, 1845 (269).
'Simms wrote think.
'At the end of 1845 Simms' Southern and Western was merged with the Southern Literary Messenger. See letter to Lawson of Oct. 27, 1845 (279).
'The Life of Captain John Smith. The Founder of Virginia (New York: Geo. F. Cooledge & Brother, n.d.). Though copyrighted 1846, the volume was not published until Mar. 1847. See note 4, Jan. 2, 1847 (350).
'Literary Studies, a Collection of Miscellaneous Essays. See note 1, Feb. 20, 1847 (358a).
10Simms was planning a biography, apparently never written, of John Paul Jones.