Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 746a Charles Etienne Arthur Gayarre >> Page 155

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription DECEMBER 1854 155
though it is highly probable that I shall withdraw from all connection with that work, by the close of the present year. The publisher & myself do not agree sufficiently well to permit me to continue with him, and I shall only do so in the event of his making concessions to which he objects. In brief, he fancies that he has rights, as Publisher, which do not consist with mine as Editor. But I shall write you hereafter. Meanwhile, believe me,
Ever truly Yours, &c. W. Gilmore Simms Hon. Brantz Mayer
Midway P. O. Decr. 18. 1854. Hon. Ch. Gayarre
My dear Sir:
Having withdrawn from the Southern Review, I am squaring off with publishers and authors, & in a series of letters to two of our
reviewed Captain Canot: "I take for granted that you have read the very curious and interesting narrative of the Life of Canot, the Slaver, from the pen of my excellent friend, Mr. BRANTZ MAYER,—a gentleman who formerly served as Secretary of Legation in Mexico, when POWHATAN ELLIS was Minister; and who possessed ten times the capacity of the latter, for occupying the higher and more responsible station. . . . Mr. MAYER made one good use of his Secretaryship, and gave us one of the best Histories of Mexico, ancient and modem, which we can now refer to. . He has since done good work for the Maryland Historical Society, in the elucidation of some of our obscurer chronicles. The present work, The Life of Canot the Slaver, is, he assures me, a bona fide narrative, drawn from the very life of the hero, who, in his old age, has made a full confession of the sins of his youth. It reads very much like a romance,—is full of startling adventure and strange events and characters; and embodies, besides, much valuable matter, which will be found useful to him who would philosophize upon the history of the slave-trade, and the characterisitics and capacities of the negro race. It contains a large body of evidence in regard to these topics, which deserve heedful consideration. The whole story is full of life, and written, as is usual with Mr. MAYER, in clear, good, manly style, without blur or affectation."