Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription MAY 1849 99 488a : To CHARLES ETIENNE ARTHUR GAYARRE
Woodlands S. C. May 17. [1849]'
Hon. Charles Gayarre Dear Sir:
I have suffered your obliging favor to remain for some time unanswered, hoping that I might, in the meantime, be enabled to acknowledge the copies of the valuable works you were pleased to address to my use.' But Mr. De Bow' not arriving (as far as I can learn) in our latitude, and being anxious to suggest to you a subject for Review which seems to lie particularly in your path, I determined to wait no longer before answering you. I am anxious to procure for the Southern Review, elaborate notices of the several distinguished cities of our Southern States, including New Orleans, Mobile, Charleston, Savannah &c—their early history, their vicissitudes, their chief men and chief performances, all strung together upon some one leading idea which would enable the writer to generalize largely, and thus absorb much matter in little space, and at the same time, where the subject happened to grow concentrative, and full of interest, to descend to details, and thus give a dramatic interest to the history. In considerable degree you have pursued this plan in your Romance of Louisiana.' An article of 40 printed pages might answer for such an article, and two of your M.S. letter sheet pages would probably make one in print. In following out such a plan, beginning with the first settlement, you can digressively afford brief biographical sketches of particular persons who have distinguished themselves in the colony; and, where the matter is copious & interesting at the same time, you might specially reserve it for a chapter to itself; or the several governments might each have a chapter, thus carrying the subject through several articles, which

'Dated by Simms' reference to "the peculiar afflictions of your great city." See
note 6, below.
'Possibly the books mentioned in Simms' letter to Gayarre of July 13, 1849
'For James Dunwoody Brownson De Bow, see note 42, Feb. 17, 1852 (613). 'Romance of the History of Louisiana. A Series of Lectures (New York: D. Appleton & Company; Philadelphia: G. S. Appleton, 1848).