Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 829a Sigourney Webster Fay >> Page 168

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
New York Nov. 8. 1856 Dear Bryant.
I have been absent from N. Y. for some days in Jersey; and will flit on Monday to Buffalo to be absent for a week.' I will apprise you of my return when it takes place. Here, I am, as a matter of course, with our old friend Lawson. Now, if you are not willing to see me there, send me word. I trust that you recieved my letter, written some months ago from Carolina, in which I spoke frankly, not only as becomes an old friend, but with the feeling of one who is not willing to lose an old friend!' Very hurriedly, but truly as Ever, Yours &c.
W. Gilmore Simms
New York: Nov. 21 [1856]' My dear Sir:
I find myself compelled, from a just sense of what is due to your Society, not less than a consideration of what self respect requires, to forego all my lecturing engagements in the Northern States. My subjects, and birthplace, seem to have been so sufficiently provocative in themselves, as to establish prejudices in advance of my appearance, which are utterly hostile to any idea of successful use-fulness. I fear,—and feel—that I should bring no profit to your

'Simms was going to Buffalo to lecture on "South Carolina in the Revolution' on Nov. 11. See letter to Lawson of Nov. 12 (826).
'During his trip to New York City in 1855 Simms had not called on Bryant, and Bryant and his family were apparently offended. Simms attempted an explanation and a friendly reconciliation in his letter to Bryant of Jan. 1, 1856 (798), but evidently Bryant had not answered his letter. Bryant's newspaper, the New York Evening Post of Nov. 21, 1856, however, defended both Simms and his lecture on "South Carolina in the Revolution" (see note 141, Dec. 8, 1856 [833]).
'Dated by Simms' cancellation of his lecture tour. See his other letters of this date.