Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 803a James Chesnut, Jr. >> Page 161

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription FEBRUARY 1856 161
do for that place a good article. In N. Orleans, you can find many able persons for the task there, &c.
Your friend as ever W. Gilmore Simms.
If Fletcher has any hints to give, let him give them promptly.
803a : To JAMES CHESNUT, JR.
Woodlands Midway P. O. So. Caro. Feb. 12. 1856. My dear Col.
I wrote to you last year, but got no answer, and prefer ascribing this failure to a failure of the mails, rather than to your neglect.' I now write, renewing the subject of my former letter. I am invited to Lecture before the Lyceum at Cheraw & have consented to do so. This will carry me into your precincts, & I am anxious to know, if an arrangement can be made which will enable me to Lecture before your people. My terms are fifty dollars for a single Lecture, but $100 for a course of four. The usual plan pursued hitherto has been this: the gentry of a town & its precincts, form a committee, invite the Lecturer, raise subscriptions, assume the responsibility & throw the doors open to the community pro bono publico. This is the popular, perhaps, the only mode in a country like ours. Now, can this thing be done with Camden. Can you set in motion a circle of intelligent gentlemen who will be at the pains to collect the subscriptions & make the arrangements. I will agree, as it is in some degree en route, to give two Lectures for $50, or 5 for $100 at Camden, sometime in March. Of course, I need not to you, dwell upon the necessities of popular education among us, or expatiate upon the utility, of a public Lecturer to a people such as ours. This is the popular mode of education at the North. This,
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