Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription 292 THE SIMMS LETTERS
another to the list of those fruitless experiments, in which the pre-mature Aristarchus has labored to establish a tribunal of criticism upon the literature of a country long in advance of its existence—a design certainly unheard of before in any country, in which egotism had not made infinite strides ahead of common sense and considerate reflection.
The New England Magazine* has been merged within the last few months in another periodical entitled the American Monthly,' a periodical which, like all the rest, has changed its editorial department some two or three times in as many years. This is now one of our best monthly journals. Its editors are esteemed as impartial and clever men. Their pages will, I think, in most cases sustain them.
*[Simms's footnote] The New England Magazine was first established by the Buckinghams, father and son. The elder Buckingham, was long before known, as an able and fierce newspaper editor—the younger was esteemed a youth of fine promise, who had already effected some graceful achievements in literature. We are told that the Magazine was chiefly established as a sort of theatre for the exercise and employ of the talents of the junior editor. For a time it was so, but his declining health called upon him to travel, and the work, in great measure devolved upon the father. The son died on his voyage home from Europe, much regretted, as he had been highly esteemed. This event led to the transfer of the work to other proprietors, and it tell into the hands of two gentlemen, the name of one of whom we now forget—the other is Mr. Park Benjamin, a gentleman whose poetical talents have won for him in Boston some considerable honors. He is the author of one Poem of length, entitled "Meditations upon the works of Nature"—or something like it,—a few passages from which only have met our eye, and augured favorably for the rest of the performance. Mr. Benjamin is now one of the editors of the American Monthly Magazine in which the New England was merged.
t[Simms's footnote] The "American Monthly Magazine" was first established by Mr. Henry W. Herbert, and N[r. A. D. Patterson, both foreigners by birth, but residents in New-York, and Professors of different departments in some one of the universities in that city. Mr. Herbert has lately acquired much reputation as the author of a spirited romance entitled "The Brothers"—a work in which the narrative is impetuous and exciting, and the chief defect of which is a desire of the author to dwell too much upon, and to clothe in language too ornate for the occasion, the most ordinary of its details. He is the editor also of the "Magnolia," one of our best Annuals, and is otherwise favorably distinguished as one of the popular young writers of the day among us. Mr. Patterson is very little known, and perhaps will never be more favorably known than at present. He has been a dealer in several Magazines and Newspapers, which have been fruitless experiments. He is a man of very moderate ability—rather given to desperate prosing, and a profound dealer in truisms. He proves old truths with the same sort of gravity, with which