Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 848a Charles Etienne Arthur Gayarre >> Page 181

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JUNE 1857 181


noticed it in print when originally published.' It is a highly spirited satire, which I know to be generally truthful, & I had supposed it to be from the life in your precincts. Had you used the same materials for a social & satirical novel, you would have secured it a thousand times better chance for circulation & favour. But I am too much of an invalid for even a letter, and taking it for granted that I would write more at length, if my case permitted, you will believe me however brief my scribble Yours very faithfully
W. Gilmore Simms


Ch Gayarre, Esq.
848a
'In "Charles Gayarre's Writings" (signed "Lorris") in the Charleston Mercury of Dec. 13, 1854, Simms had written of Gayarre and his The School for Politics. A Dramatic Novel (New York: D. Appleton (St Co., 1854): "CHARLES GAYARRE
was, not long since, defeated, as you may remember, as a candidate for Congress; and published a bitter pamphlet [Address . . . to the People of the State, on the Late Frauds Perpetrated at the Election Held on the 7th November, 1853, in the City of New Orleans (New Orleans: Printed by Shuman (St Wharton, 1853)), exposing the processes by which the true public sentiment was baffled in the election, in his case, by a degree of barefaced chicanery and corruption, which, according to his showing, was almost unexampled, even in our licentious times; when, to succeed foully for office, is rather supposed to be a creditable proof of political skill and dexterity, than any exhibition of a want of patriotism and morals.
"Recently, Mr. GAYARRE has made his experience of the tricks of politicians, available in a Comedy, just published by the APPLETONS, and called, 'The School for Politics, a Dramatic Novel.' It is a novel, rightly—a social and political novel—in a dramatic form—that is, in dialogue. The story is very lively; the action rapid; the satire very good. The characters, though drawn from the life, are yet not designed to reflect upon particular persons. The subjects will identify them at their own peril, and with due heed to the adage—'Qui capit ille facit.' The author writes good humoredly, without bitterness, and, certainly, without betraying any of the mortification of a defeated candidate. His temper, I should say, was one not to cherish malignity; and that, after a first single gush and overflow of feeling, he would dismiss all sense of wrong from his bosom; and that, too, without needing to be assured, that malice is, at once, a bad tenant and a worse housekeeper"