Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 30a The Editor of the Southern Literary Journal >> Page 293

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription Additional Letters and Documents, 1828–1868 293
Looking over a couple of its late numbers which lie before me, I find some works praised, but an equal number denounced. Nor does the respectability of the publishers appear to protect the unhappy wights, their authors. Some of the most influential publishing houses have been rapped over the knuckles for the works they have sent to the public, and the editors seem bent to assume the virtue of impartial critics, even though they may really have it not. Certainly, no one who looks over this journal can censure it as one given to indiscriminate puffing.
The next work is the Knickerbocker,* a monthly, also put forth in New-York. Its merits are supposed to be considerable, and have been the subject of encomium in the Southern Literary journal,

Mr. Walsh quotes authorities, and where the latter would lift up Johnson in defence, the former would overwhelm you with a dilation of the most ordinary of Solomon's proverbs, after the fashion of a modern divine, in a long summer after-noon discourse. After a while, Mr. Patterson withdrew from the American Monthly, which then remained in the hands of Mr. Herbert only. Mr. Hoffman, then became associated with the latter, who, after a few months, withdrew from the editorship, and the American Monthly then becoming united to the New England Magazine, the conduct of the work thus joined, was left to Messrs. Hoffman & Benjamin, who still continue, we believe, their sole proprietors and editors.
8. Henry W. Herbert (1807–1858) founded the sporting newspaper Spirit of the Times and wrote sporting literature using the pseudonym "Frank Forrester." Alexander D. Patterson edited the Anglo-American Magazine in the 1840s.
*[Simms's footnote] The first proprietor of the Knickerbocker was a Broadway Bookseller, a man named Peabody. He was a picture dealer, and retailer of fashion-able works, music and the like—a man extremely shallow, but very noisy and notorious, even in New-York, for the clamor which he contrived to keep up continually about his own wares. Mr. Charles F[enno] Hoffman, better known as the author of a very clever book called "A Winter in the West," was his first editor; but a gentle-man could not please Nlr. Peabody, and Nlr. Hoffman after the second number of publication, withdrew from the Knickerbocker. It has been said, simply, because of the resolute determination which the proprietor expressed to puff himself, his wares and his editor in the pages of the periodical. Dr. Langtree,9 an Irishman, then became its editor—then came Timothy Flint,10 whose works of the Mississippi Val-ley are well known. These were still the employees of Mr. Peabody, but, like the first, they were compelled to leave him; and these facts indicate another objection to the employment of an editor who has not a positive personal and pecuniary interest in the work he conducts. The Knickerbocker was then put up to sale, and was bought by Messrs. Clark & Edson—the former of whom became its editor." He was afterwards associated with his brother, a twin brother, and marvelously like him in personal appearance. They are now the editors. The Clarks are both clever