Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 134 THE SIMMS LETTERS
of your discourses on Penn & Calvert, but have not yet had an opportunity to read them.' I am sorely drudged. I should like a paper from you for the October number of the Review—for January, at all events, but the publishers will not allow me to offer more than the one dollar per page. Even this, I must tell you, they only pay to a favored few, and this, by the way, is as much as is done by any periodical in the country.' I note what you say of Kossuth with great interest. The invitation to him was the first blunder begetting all that followed.4 I wrote to Col. Hammond making the inquiry you suggest. Much hurried and far from well, you will yet believe me very truly & faithfully Yr friend & Servt.
W. Gilmore Simms
Simms briefly notices Calvert and Penn; or the Growth of Civil and Religious Liberty in America, as Disclosed in the Planting of Maryland and Pennsylvania: A Discourse by Brantz Mayer, Delivered in Philadelphia before the Pennsylvania Historical Society. 8 April 1852 (Baltimore: Printed for the Pennsylvania Historical Society, 1852) with Tiffany's A Sketch of the Life and Services of Gen. Otho Holland Williams and Streeter's Maryland, Two Hundred Years Ago ("historical pamphlets of interest and value ..., some of the fruits of the public spirit and intelligence of the Maryland Historical Society") in the Southern Quarterly Review, N. S., VII (Apr. 1853), 514-515.
We cannot attribute to Mayer any article published in the Southern Quarterly Review after this date.
'In the latter part of 1851 Lajos [Louis] Kossuth (1802-1894), the Hungarian patriot, then in exile in Turkey, was by a unanimous vote in the Senate offered asylum in the United States. He left Turkey on an American man-of-war and after a visit to England arrived in New York City in early Dec. 1851. He made a procession throughout the United States, and his eloquent oratory urging support for the liberation of Hungary from Austria was met with extraordinary enthusiasm. "Hungarian" (or "Kossuth") bonds were bought by many, and some people apparently wanted the United States to intervene actively in the affairs of Hungary. In the Southern Quarterly Review, N. S., VI (July 1852), 221-235, Simms published an article entitled "Kossuth and Intervention," possibly written by Simms himself (see letter to Duyckinck of Apr. 5, 1852 1621]), attacking Kossuth and his "creed": "If the people of the United States permit themselves to be beguiled by the crafty subtleties of foreign or native demagogues, into this course of aggression upon the rights of other nations, by intermeddling with their domestic affairs, under no matter what specious pretext of sympathy or fraternity, the growth, the mighty future wealth and power of our country, will prove a scourge and a curse, not a help and a blessing, as we hope they will, to the feebler nations of the earth. We shall play again the game of universal dominion, and furnish to the world another lesson on the true meaning of the solidarity of the peoples and the disinterested benevolence of aspiring demagogues."