Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 889a James Thomas Fields >> Page 191

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JULY 1858 191
of the unpublished volume, I have not transgressed beyond the rights of a recipient.z—Is it possible to meet you in N. Y. I expect to visit that goodly city about the first week in August and to be there two weeks.' In a few days I run up to Augusta Georgia, for a week.' I have just returned from Sullivan's island where I have had some sick members of my family for two weeks.' I must visit my plantation before I go North; so that my feet will be busy, if not my fancies, to such a degree for the next month, as the last, as not to suffer me any liaison with any Muse.
Yours truly
W. Gilmore Simms

'In the Mercury of July 17 Simms published a review of John Godfrey Saxe's Poems (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1858), and under the heading "Unpublished Poetry" he wrote of Fields' A Few Verses for a Few Friends (Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, [1858]): "We have before us a new and beautiful volume, just received, which is without title-page. No name designates the book; no initials even describe the author. On the cover is printed, gold on cambric, 'A Few Verses for a Few Friends.' On the fly leaf is written, in a well known hand, 'With the author's sincere regards.' The typography of the book is in the very prettiest style of the old English: quaint lettering, quaint bordering, with head and foot pieces of fantastic yet demure drawing. The paper is a delicate creamy vellum, 'worthy h.e [the] loving look of ladies' eyes,' and the verses, gentle as evening zephyrs, are just of the sort which should properly appeal to ladies' fancies, delicate, pure, graceful, and enlivened by a sweet, unpresuming fancy, that never trespasses beyond the slight ruffling of brown and raven ringlets, of course. We can make no further revelation, and must content ourselves with acknowledging this little proof of friendly preference, in which the modest writer distinguishes between ourselves and the public, and in our favor." On July 19 under the heading "Boudoir Literature" he published in the Mercury brief notices of a number of Ticknor and Fields' publications, including works by Longfellow, Leigh Hunt, Anna Brownell Jameson, and Sir John Bowring. Of these he remarks: "The beautiful editions of choice literature, issued in 'green and gold,' from the press of TICKNOR & FIELDS, in Boston, are just the sort of volumes that lie gracefully in the Boudoir of a graceful lady, to whom art and literature are as grateful as beauty."'Simms left for New York City on Aug. 7 and returned to Charleston on Aug. 24. See note 258, Aug. 7 (895), and note 263, Aug. 19 (896).
'Simms probably left for James Henry Hammond's plantation, "Redcliffe" on July 23; he returned to Charleston on July 30. See letters to Hammond of July 16 (889) and Aug. 1 (891).
'Simms' son Govan, born on Sept. 1, 1856, was ill from teething, and Mrs. Simms also was unwell. They returned to Charleston on July 17. See letters to Mary Lawson of July 10 (887) and to Hammond of July 16 (889).