Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 340 THE SIMMS LETTERS 925a : To JOHN H. GouRLIE, JR.S4

Charleston, So. Caro. April 20, 1859 John H. Gourlie Jr., Esq.
Your request [to obtain my autograph] is cheerfully complied with, and I am

Your obt Servt,

W. Gilmore Simms.
ALS in South Caroliniana Library.

Woodlands, Friday M[ornin]g [ca. May 1862] Professor V. J. Rivers
My dear Professor,
Absence for a week in Charleston has caused me to defer acknowledgment of your very kind letter. I sincerely sorrow with you at your sad bereavement, of which, till I got your letter, I had not heard, Had I been informed, I should not have trespassed just then upon you attention to my purely selfish commissions. I will not attempt to offer you consolation. There is no consolation save in the very effect of affliction upon your heart. As this feels the bruise, it gives forth an aroma of its own which purifies & strengthens—strengthening even as it purifies. If the lesson teaches us humility, & checks the human disposition to make idols of its earthly possessions, the end of God is reached, & the sacred bitter does its whole-some work upon the Soul. May you grow strong from humiliation, and rise from your knees to a new erectness of the Spirit! Thanks for your kind offer touching my Library, of which I may avail myself, after duly watching the progress of Events. The lateness of the Sea-sons seems to hold forth some promise that whatever the Enemy
54. New Yorker John Hamilton Gourlie (1804—1891) was a friend of William Cullen Bryant and occasional contributor to the New York Evening Post. He was a founder of New York's Century Association of artists, writers, and patrons and published a history of the organization in 1856.