Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 136 THE SIMMS LETTERS
an explanation, so as to relieve you from the false attitude in which you are placed. I write only to acknowledge your communication, & to state this determination. Here we are just recovering from the stagnation caused by an epidemic which is retiring from us with due rapidity, having done its work.' My hands are full of preparation. I am packing up preparatory to the annual exodus of the family to the plantation, whither we shall probably go sometime next week. When I hear from Col. Hammond, who is the author of the paper which misrepresents you, you shall be advised of what he says. But in all probability, he will write you himself.'
Yours truly
W. Gilmore Simms 655a : To BRANTZ MAYER
Woodlands, Jan 5. 1853.
Hon. Brantz Mayer. dear Sir.
The smiles of a new year upon your fortunes. You are, I learn, the proprietor of the Baltimore American, a valuable paper, in which, you have an opportunity of exercising an important sway in public opinion, & of doing good service to letters & the laws. Be just & fear not. Be prosperous, also! Let me hope, that your new position will not prevent you from doing for us an occasional

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'For an account of this epidemic, see the unsigned article "Yellow Fever in Charleston in 1852," Southern Quarterly Review, N. S., VII (Jan. 1853), 140-178.
'In the Southern Quarterly Review, N. S., VII (Jan. 1853), 230-231, Simms published a letter from Mayer dated "BALTIMORE. Nov. 1, 1852," objecting to Hammond's having said in his "Battle of El Molina del Rey," ibid., N. S., VI (Oct. 1852), 292, that Mayer (among others) considered Santa Anna a "feeble poltroon" in this battle: "I ... [never] entertained the idea, or promulgated it, that Santa was a 'feeble poltroon' in the midst of any crisis. . . . (His) genius and courage rose with disaster and failed with prosperity." The same issue, pp. 231—232, contains a letter from Hammond dated "Nov. 7, 1852," apologizing for his remark: Mayer's "complaint is perfectly just," he had prepared his article hastily and had not read Mayer's hook, and perhaps "poltroon" is too "harsh"—hut certainly Santa Anna was a "dastard."