Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JANUARY 1865 239
for concentration. Study the old English Dramatists—Ben Johnson, Shakspeare, &c. Poetry is the profoundest philosopher. Philosophy is a younger sister. Music is more naturally allied to mathematics. Poetry is intellectual—music is sensualistic. You have fancy, and you have shown that you can master the flexibilities of verse. Study now for the pabulum of thought. Read the masters, & see by what art they evolve all the secret in a subject. You are young. You have time. Do not rush too hastily into print. Your true object is self-development. Find out the secret in your own soul & you will find out the secrets in other souls. Excuse haste. I give you all the time I can spare.
Yours truly
W. Gilmore Simms 1112a : To WILLIAM GREGG'
Woodlands, Midway P. O. 5 Jany. 1865. Hon. Wm. Gregg.
My dear Gregg.
I am sorry that your rules do not permit you to oblige me in regard to the bale of Cotton. If I understand your letter, however, you will take it & pay in the currency at the rate of $1.40-353

Die upon his loyal heart;
Love, though mine, with hope would perish;
I, with life itself would part, Sooner than survive to cherish Thee, as other than thou art! Knowing all thou wert before, Self thou leamedst to adore; Seeing what thou then wouldst be, I no more could bend the knee: Love, though mine, would not retain Fond regret for one so vain. . . .
'For Gregg, the leading southern cotton manufacturer of his day, see note 142, Sept. 14, 1848 (444).