Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | [1860]
Transcription 518 THE SUNNY SOUTH: OR,
and culminating within their own horizon, they are never
the people who raise the noblest mementoes to him! It
is the succeeding generation which is the true echo of a
great man's fame. Fifty years hence, Webster, Clay,
Calhoun, will be more honored than they now are, and
that age will erect to them the colossal plinths which
the men of their own day neglect. Centuries after Crom-
well and Joan d'Arc lived, even at this day, magnificent
statues are erected to their fame.
As the glories that surround the heads of the noble
Trimnviri, " Calhoun, Webster, and Clay," increase in
splendor with time, the higher and grander will rise the
monuments that men will build up of stone and marble,
to their mighty names ! Whatever South Carolina does
now in honor of her idol, the whole Republic will later
do more nobly as a national tribute to his intellectual
greatness ; and what our mighty Inter-oceanic Republic
will do, will later still be done by the whole civilized
world! for the glory of the names of these three men,
like those of Cicero, Demosthenes, and Caius Cesar,
shall be claimed as the common heritage of the round
earth ; and in Paris, London, Naples, Vienna, St. Peters-
burg, and Constantinople, statues and monuments shall
likewise be erected to them; for godlike genius like their
has no country, no other bounds than those of the globe's
We left Charleston with regret, after a day's sojourn,
and part of which was spent in a visit to Sullivan's
Island, an hour's sail down the harbor. This is a
charming spot for air and bathing and beach-galloping,
but its "grass" is sand. Several cultivated families
pass the summer here, and the hotel is a fine structure ;