Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription NOVEMBER 1856 167
"Ante Columbian Discovery in America."4
"Ante Colonial Settlement in the South."5
"Choice of a Profession.°
I confess that I should prefer using the first of these in your city, but shall cheerfully leave it to you to choose either. The last named is a favorite with me. My other lectures are in sets or courses of 2 or 3—as for example
1 & 2. Marion, the Carolina Partisan-7
1 & 2. The Apalachians—a South. Idyll—8
I & 2. Moral Character of Hamlet-9
1, 2 & 3. Poetry & the Practical.10
Very truly Yours &c W. Gilmore Simms.
Revolution (with its hostile remarks about Senator Sumner and Massachusetts) would have angered a Boston audience at any time, but if it had been delivered as planned, seven months after Preston Smith Brooks had caned Senator Sumner on the floor of the Senate, the reaction would doubtless have been far more violent than that of the audience and the press of New York City when it was delivered there on Nov. 19. After the fiasco of Nov. 19 Simms cancelled his tour (see letter to Bancroft, Bryant, and others of Nov. 21, 1856 [827], note 131, Nov. 24, 1856 [830], and letter to James Henry Hammond of Dec. 8, 1856 1833]). For Sumner's speech of June 28, 1854, see his Works (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1874-1883), III, 368-423.
'Simms later lectured on "Ante-Columbian Discovery in America" at Greensboro, N.C., in Mar. 1857 (see note 37, Mar. 16, 1857 [842]). Perhaps it was the same lecture as "Ante-Columbian History of America" delivered at Raleigh, N.C., in Feb. 1857 (see note 36, Mar. 16, 1857 [842]) and at Yorkville (now York), S.C., in Oct. 1857 (see note 74, Oct. 27, 1857 [8511).
'Simms had lectured on "Ante-Colonial History of the South" at Augusta, Ga., In Apr. 1856 (see note 33, Apr. 18, 1856 18061); he lectured on "Ante-Colonial History of America" at Norfolk and Petersburg, Va., in Feb. 1857 and on "Ante-Colonial Discovery in America" at Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C., in Mar. 1857 (see notes 33, 34, 36, and 37, Mar. 16, 1857 [8421). Doubtless all of these are variant titles for the same lecture.
°Simms first delivered "The Choice of a Profession" before the Chrestomathic Society of the College of Charleston on Feb. 23, 1855 (see note 44. Feb. 21, 1855 [758]).
'See note 117, Nov. 3, 1856 (824).
°See note 117, Nov. 3, 1856 (824).
'See note 3, Jan. 3, 1854 (690), and note 27, Feb. 10, 1854 (698). °See note 4, Jan. 30, 1851 (564), and note 3, Jan. 3, 1854 (690).