Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 250 THE SIMMS LETTERS
Let me second his request and beg you to send him one of your best sonnets, or such other poems as you prefer. Should you go to the North, at any time, Mr Ferris will welcome you, as he has welcomed or entertained me. "Win golden opinions from all sorts of people," is the wise counsel of Shakspeare.2 The literary man can readily do this, for he has power, if he is sufficiently amiable. With best regards to Mary, and your mother, and blessings on the boy, believe me ever truly Yours
W. Gilmore Simms
Charleston, S. C. May 1, 1867 Mr. Charles Warren Stoddard.
My dear Sir:
You will see from the enclosed, published Editorially in the Daily News of this city, this morning, what use I have made of the several very graceful poems which you sent me. I need not add any thing of comment to what I have said in this article.' I shall be pleased

parties." Actually in the case of Hayne, Simms had enclosed a note from Ferris that is not preserved with this letter: on Mar. 27 Hayne wrote to Ferris that he had received Simms' letter enclosing Ferris's note of Mar. 18 and is sending Ferris two short poems, a song and a sonnet. The original of Hayne's letter to Ferris is in the Ferris Collection, Columbia University Library; it is printed by McKeithan in A Collection of Hayne Letters, p. (209].
'Simms misquotes Macbeth, I, vii, 32—33: "I have bought/Golden opinions from all sorts of people...."
For Stoddard, poet and prose writer, see note 280, Oct. 24, 1866 (1206).
'Under the title "California Poetry" Simms writes: "We gave, some time ago, in the columns of the NEWS (of Dec. 25, 1866 (see note 16, Jan. 23, 1867 (1219])), some very happy and fresh specimens of poetry from the pen of CHARLES WARREN STODDARD, a young poet of San Francisco, California. We commented briefly at the time upon the felicity of the verses—their general grace, fine taste and frequent beauties. In the additional specimens from the same writer, which we give below, the same general characteristics will make themselves apparent. . . . Mr. STODDARD belongs legitimately to the school of TENNYSON, who blends, with the contemplation of WORDSWORTH, the metaphysical subtlety of SHELLEY, and the graceful abandon of KEATS, and, as in TENNYSON, Mr. STODDARD shows himself a peculiar master in the felicitous choice of phrase and epithet." He then prints several of Stoddard's poems and has few faults to find in them. He concludes: "We