Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription Additional Letters and Documents, 1828–1868 323
found too much a thing of words & vapor I derive much of my in-come from the North. You must assist me to do so. I shall look to you
for articles for the July & Oct. issues of the Review.32 Your Scott
firstly & secondly the former I must have by the 10th of May, the
latter by the 10th July. Time enough here, if you break the ice with proper courage. You ought to be able easily to procure the documents. Write to Burt,33 and say you must have them. Butler34 would send them. Write to both for their copies. Don't disappoint me!
I should greatly prefer the trip to Georgia But am, unlike you, very much fettered by circumstances. My wife can seldom leave home, on account of her father, who has been very sick of late. I am glad that your articles have taken so well. I felt responsible for you. The result is grateful to my self esteem which predicted it. You shall yet be famous. With practice you will get the hang of it, and then a Review will be as easy to you as to bag a brace of partridges. Only, beware how you let your reputation stand in your way. Don't [word missing] on what you have done, but do on. Every essay will increase your strength and confidence. Perhaps it is just as well that you should abandon the Scheme of the Review. In truth, I doubt your business habits altogether. I think you too habitually desultory for a monotonously recurring life of regular duties. You would sicken of it. But I still think that if you go into any business, that of the Re-view might be the easiest, and would most comport with your habits of literary ease & social freedom. As for the climate, that is all fudge. A traveler at an Hotel, is always hot and dusty and ill at Ease. It is so in Augusta as in Charleston. We will talk of the Puppy
hereafter. My boy does not yet handle a gun. We must see you next winter, when I will harness you to an article under mine own eye. The Review for April goes on slowly. I can get nobody to work as I
32. Marcus Claudius Marcellus Hammond (1814–1876) was the younger brother of James Henry Hammond (1807–1864) and author of seven articles in the South-ern Quarterly Review (1851–53) on the Mexican War. See Letters, 1:cxii–cxiii.
33. Armistead Burt (1802–1883). Letters, 1:xcv.
34. Andrew Pickens Butler (1796–1857) of Edgefield District, South Carolina, was a U.S. senator from South Carolina, 1846–57, and an author of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. His younger kinsman Preston Smith Brooks (1819–1857) assaulted Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a walking cane in the U.S. Senate on May 22, 1856, in retaliation for Sumner's verbal attacks upon Butler.