Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 98 THE SIMMS LETTERS
principle—the laborer is worthy of his hire. If I could have my way, our Review should publish nothing which was not paid for, and liberally. But you probably, quite as well as myself, know the usual history of the needy condition of southern periodicals, circulating through sparsely settled community, and established mostly by per-sons without means. I am authorized by our Publisher to say that he will pay at the rate of one dollar per page of printed matter. This insignificant & inadequate compensation, he tells me, is what is paid by the North American. At all events, it is all (he professes) which he can pay at present. Should you send an article for the October number of the Review, at this rate, it will be acceptable. The contents of our July number are prepared already. Yet I should greatly relish the paper on the Gulf of Mexico.' With great respect & very truly.
Yours &c
W. Gilmore Simms.

Science in Nineteenth-Century America:. Documentary History (London: Macmillan, 1966), pp. 147-148.
'Maury wrote Simms that he had sent his article to Francis Bowen, editor of the North American Review, provided he would publish it in the July number: "I impressed this upon him by telling him I attached more importance to its timely appearance than to pay, and that if he would not publish in July I would prefer to let some other journal have it, gratis.... I am rather sorry that Bowen agreed to pay for it, because I wrote it with your Journal and Southern readers in my mind. And I offered it to B. to preserve the peace between conscience and inclination, for I felt that I ought to try for pay and having tried and failed conscience could have been quiet. I heard the Southern Quarterly had been in tight places before, and did not much expect that it would be in a condition to pay." Evidently the contents of the July number of the North American Review were, like those of the Southern Quarterly. Review, already prepared and Bowen returned the manuscript to Maury. The Panama Rail-Way and the Gulf of Mexico" was published in the Southern Literary Messenger. XV (Aug. 1849), [4411-457.