Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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twenty-five. Amid the refined and pleas- rewarded him. The result of his long and
ant society of Charleston, or at his estate honorable career, unstained by aught that
of " Woodlands," in the interior, he is misbecomes the good citizen, the warm
never too much occupied with material friend, the chivalric gentleman, has been a
affairs to neglect his literary pursuits. public regard, and cordial respect, which
He still is one of the most industrious of is better than fortune, and greater than
living authors, and his last work, the fame. We trust that his life may long be
" Cassique of Kiawah," abundantly proves spared. The South, and the country at
that the fancy which produced " Martin large, as well, can ill afford to lose one who
Faber," and the " Yemassee,' has rather pursues the high and noble calling of letters
gained in vigor and picturesqueness, than with a grace and strength so conspicuous,
declined. Mr. Simms' position is an ex- and in a spirit so true to the elevated prin-
ample of honorable distinction, legitimately ciples of true art.
won. The author has pursued his literary-
calling with singleness of aim and honest
enthusiasm. He has loved it, and it has

William Gilmore Simms.