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Scholarship | 1999

A shortened communication of 30 March 1999, from Wes Drawdy, posted on the
Internet, reads as follows:
"Robert L. Slimp writes in the March 1999 EDGEFIELD JOURNAL:
William Gilmore Simms was one of the greatest writers of the 19th century. In his
day he was considered every bit the equal of other giants of his time like Cooper
Hawthorne, Longfellow, Melville, et al. Well I have read some of all of them so I
figured it was worth investigating Simms's craft tonight as I had an hour and a
half of time to utilise while my younger daughter was at violin. Slimp continues:
His books make fascinating reading even today. Read as many of them as you
can get your hands on. They may be found in some large libraries. His political
philosophy is sorely needed in the Southland today.
Simms wrote the seminal history of South Carolina in 1840 and updated it
throughout his life. His granddaughter, Mary C. Simms Oliphant wrote the
second great history of South Carolina, drawing heavily from her grandfather's
works. Tonight at the Greenville County SC main public library, both works
were buried way down in the basement stacks while many lesser works, including
volumes devoted to the life and times of the Rev. Jesse Jackson were readily
available in the reference room."
Perhaps some of our Greenville Simms Society Members may request that
the library consider making Simms a bit more readily and prominently available
for its patrons. The Arkansas Simms edition, if not already there, might make an
excellent Library purchase. Some local Simms Society Members might make this
suggestion as well.