Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription and Mayor Sale are expected to participate in.
the dedicatory services this afternoon. The
hour for these is fixed at 5, when, doubtless,
nearly all the popatjon of the fair old Caro-
linian city by the sea will be out of doors to pay
a just tribute to a man who did so muuch by
virtues, his voice and his pen, to strengthen and
build up that local pride in an respect for
Carolina which has been the leading character-
istic of her people. Mr. Simms died at the age
of sixty-four. If he had lived until this time he
would have been very much younger than
Bryant or Dana were when they dies, but
though he was never so much talked of as
either of these writes he was more read prob-
ably than either of them. He deserves all the
honor that can be paid him, not onlt at
the South but throughout the Union. He
was in all respects and essectially an
American author, for with the excepting of
his poems and such novels as "Pelayo" and
"COunt Julian," the thirty-eight distinct and
elaborate works of biography, history and
fiction which he published were exclusively
devoted to American themes. Of these at
least one-half are still currently sold in the
bookstores and read by the present generation
of readers. But while in number Mr. Simms's
works are as the works of G. P. R. James,
with whom he was been often compared, they
belong to a better order of literature. hard
worker as he was from the nineteenth year of
his age, he wook up and pursued wach fresh sub-
ject with equal zeal and enthusiasm, and each
of his prose writings called for no inconsidera-
ble amount of reflection and of researach into
original materials.
It is recoreded that Mr. Simms was a versifier
at eight years of age and it is not surprising,
therefore, that like most people who have lisped
in numbers he never quite got over the lisping.
It would be unfair to call him what Jeffrey
called Bryant, "A Felicia Hemans in breeches,"
but he is no more to be ranked than Bruant is
with the masters of song. His best poetical
work, "Atalantix, a Story of the Sea," is of
interest as having been one of the very earliest
ventures of the Harpers, who found it in a busi-
ness sense a successful venture. It was at the
suggestion of the late Mr. James Harper that in
the next year (1833) the poet turned
his attention to novel-writing and produced
"Martin Faber," the story of a crimial--sug-
gested, as he afterwards admitted, by Eugene
Aram, but yet by no means a servile imitation