Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 288 THE SIMMS LETTERS
Personally appeared Charles R. Carroll and made oath that he saw Wm. Gilmore Simms sign and seal this bill of Sale as his act & deed & that he witnessed the same. Charles R. Carroll. Sworn to before me this tenth day of April 1833. Thos. S. Jones Notary Public. Recorded 12th April 1833.
Recorded copy of a printed document, 5213003, Bills of Sale, vol. 50, p. 255, South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
30a : To THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTHERN LITERARY JOURNAL
[July 1, 1835]
AMERICAN CRITICISM AND CRITICS.
Some smart and spirited remarks, upon what is styled "The Puffing System," appear from the pen of the editor of this journal, in its last number. The nature of these remarks would imply something very rotten somewhere, yet the blow which is given does not appear to fall very directly any where, and we are at a loss to see who the particular sufferers are, whether the puffers, or the puffees or the public. Indeed, it would be difficult to say which of these three appear from these remarks, and the nature of the subject, most to deserve to suffer. Perhaps, a calm inquiry into the properties of causes would discover the blame rests chiefly with the last and most complaining of these classes. The evil, however, seems to us, upon due reflection, to be manifestly and greatly exaggerated. We doubt the extensiveness of the system as laid down and described by our editor, and we are still more inclined to deny the supposed extent of the mischief which is done by it. Let us briefly proceed to state our reasons for not conforming to those of the journal.
What is meant by this Puffing! And why is it a system? Let us have a definition to begin with. The editor of the journal, in the course of his article is scarcely precise enough. He sets out after this fashion:
"The practice of indiscriminate praise which characterises the periodical press of our country is a very faulty one, and if the ridicule which it provokes from sensible men does not cure the evil, it will, in the end, prove highly detrimental to our literature."