Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | 2006


The following documents have been recently added to my
collection. They are being published here for the first time.
Woodlands, S. Caro. March 10 (1841)
John J. Foulk & F.W. Kremer, Comtee etc.

I find much pleasure in acknowledging the high complement which
you have been pleased to confer by making me an honorary member of your
institution. I, too, regard the noble German whose name forms that of your
association, as one of those mighty masters who may be justly regarded as
worthy of such selection. I nothing doubt that you will do justice to his great
example in doing this honor to his memory. I thank you, Gentlemen, also for
the praise which you bestow upon my humble labors in the cause of
American Letters. Certainly, the nation is too poor, as yet, in this
department, to dispense with any of the achievements of her sons, however,
intrinsically, defective they may appear in the Eyes of a high and severe
criticism. Under this forcing necessity, on the part of my country, it may be
permitted me to accept your complements without much blushing; and to
take for granted-as you say-that I have in truth contributed somewhat to
national literature. I sincerely trust, however, that we have all of us-you in
your walk, & I in mine-a great deal more to do, equally for our own & our
Country, however. May your cause be harmonious & prosperous. You will
do me the kindness to convey my thanks to the "Goethe [So]ciety, with my
sincere wishes for its increase and increasing influence & success. For
yourselves and brother members, personally, receive my friendly and most
respectful salutation.
With much regard, I am
Gentlemen Yr very Obt. &
Obliged Servant.
W. Gilmore Simms

Note: Marshall College merged with Franklin College in 1853 forming
Franklin And Marshall College.