Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 846a Charles Etienne Arthur Gayarre >> Page 179

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription MAY 1857 179
& Seminole War. It was written while Jackson was very sick at the Hermitage, his election for U. S. Senate pending in the Tenn. Legis. and a report, meant to defeat his election, was put in circulation of his sudden death. My father extemporized
"Jackson is dead," cries noisy Fame,
But Truth replies, "That cannot be,
Jackson & Glory are the same,
Both born to Immortality!"=
My father once told me, that J—n was more like Washington, according to what he had heard of W. than any man that had ever lived. It is a great misfortune that we have no such man now,—i.e. if there should be any one who desires to preserve the Confederacy at whatever sacrifice to the South. I take for granted that you are not in politics.' You talk too happily for that. You are evidently too well pleased with home to be solicitous of the smile of Demos (roars rather) or of the echoes of the Forum. Well, be wise & keep close to the Domestic Gods. The Lares familiaries will sweeten sleep for you, when all the trump of Fame (Qu? Bugle & Beagle blasts of party) would drive all sleep from your eyelids. The politician nowadays hears a perpetual voice crying, as in the case of Macbeth—"Sleep no more to all the House."—"Demos doth murder sleep!["]a Let your wife look to it & keep you at her apron strings. Meanwhile (and then) you can go more deeply into History, & give us one of Florida, which in your hands, would supply every desideratum. Thanks again.
Yours very truly
W. Gilmore Simms Hon. C. Gayarre.
'Simms also quotes his father's impromptu lines in his autobiographical letter to Lawson of Dec. 29, 1839 (79). Jackson was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1823.
'After his defeat in 1853 as an independent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Gayarre took part in the formation of the Know-Nothing Party in Louisiana, but in June 1855 he was excluded from the general council of the party in Philadelphia because of his Roman Catholicism. He thereupon gave up his political aspirations.
'Simms paraphrases Macbeth, II, ii, 34–35: "Sleep no more/Macbeth does murther Sleep...."