Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | 2005
Transcription James Chesnut was one of the several prominent citizens of the South who
wrote testimonials to Simms at the unveiling of the bust of Simms at White
Point Garden in Charleston, 11 June 1879. His letter of 10 June 1879 is
published in the pamphlet Ceremonies at the Unveiling of the Bronze Bust of
William Gilmore Simms (Charleston: 1879), pp. 53-54. His words attest to the
high regard in which Chesnut held the author.



FROM GEN. JAMES CHESNUT.

CAMDEN, S. C., June iO, 1879.
Gentlemen—Gratefully I acknowledge your kind invitation
to be present at the unveiling of a bronze bust of the late
William Gilmore Simms. I knew him well, I loved him well,
with high admiration of his intellectual power and moral
nature.
His mind was not only one of great ability, but of breadth
and force, moved always by intense energy. He had no
trace of the usual irritable temperament of the poets about
him. His heart was large and open, and he was ever genial.
He was cognizant of his own genius and appreciative of CN
cellence in others. Neither envy nor jealousy ever found
lodgment in his noble nature.
I would like to be present to aid in doing honor to such
a man. It is well that the State should, for he has left ;c.
monument to her more lasting than bronze. Any country
might well feel proud of a son who could weave such a
romance as the " Yemassee," and such a drama as "Norman
Maurice."
Most respectfully and truly yours,
JAMES CHESNUT.
To G. W. DINGLE, F. W. DAwsoN, F. A. MITCHELL,
Committee, etc.




On 22 February 1862, Simms inscribed another copy of Areytos to Miss
Catherine P. Summer, hostess at Pomaria Plantation in present day Newberry
County, South Carolina.