Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 488a Charles Etienne Arthur Gayarre >> Page 100

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Transcription 100 THE SIMMS LETTERS
might subsequently be embodied in a volume. I throw out this topic for your consideration, in the hope that you will find the leisure to bestow some of your literary regards on the Southern Quarterly) You will readily concur with me upon the necessity of securing for the South an organ of opinion. Until this is done, we can never have a literature, & scarcely a character. I am happy to assure you that in writing to the distinguished men of the South throughout the country, I have every where their voices in concurrence, & have secured many contributors in most of the Southern States, from among their most able men. Our pages are now full for July, and the work has gone to press. We shall publish again in Oct. & again in Jany. For either of these I shall be glad to hear from you.—We deeply sympathize with the peculiar afflictions of your great city.6 I sincerely hope that you may soon find relief, and that the virtues of your good may avert the wrath of Providence.
With great respect, I am Sir
Yr obliged & obt Servt. &c
W. Gilmore Simms

SGayarre did not write on this topic.
The late Arlin Turner, Professor of English at Duke University, kindly sent us the following information on Sauve's Crevasse: "On May 3 the levee broke seventeen miles above the city of New Orleans, at Sauve's plantation; on May 6 the Picayune could repeat comic sayings, such as that of a man in Jefferson parish who said he was going to rig out a boat, take his compass, set out from the second story of his house, and land at the newspaper office in Camp Street. On May 8 the water was still rising; the editor was grimly serious. There was a proposal to cut through Metairie Ridge and let the water into Pontchartrain. On May 10 it was feared that even the First Municipality would be inundated. The water rose for another ten days or longer; the crevasse was not closed until June 20; meanwhile a ship had been filled with rock and sunk in it, to no avail. In the city 220 inhabited blocks were flooded." The Charleston newspapers for this period report the latest news of the crevasse.