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Page 1 / Our New York Correspondence (7 September 1860)

Correspondence | 1860-09-07
Transcription Simms as "Nemo": The Rediscovered Letters
to the Charleston Mercury


Doreen Thierauf


During his visit to New York in 1860, Simms acted as regular
literary correspondent for the Charleston Mercury. He signed his letters to
the newspaper "Nemo" or "Old South," as the editors of The Letters of
William Gilmore Simms confirm.' The four of the -letters Simms wrote under
the pseudonym "Nemo" are republished here for the first time.

[11
Charleston Mercury, 7 September 1860

Our New York Correspondence
NEW YORK, August 30.
There are some clever volumes, recently put forth, my dear
MERCURY, which will interest the general reader, and in some degree
instruct the student. In the first of these classes is the clever rambling book,
entitled:
1. Woods and Waters; or, the Saranac and Racket. By Alfred B. Street.
This work comprises a lively and animated narrative, as dramatic as
possible, of sporting life on the lakes and northern rivers. It is from the pen
of one of our authors who deserves, and possesses, the reputation of one of
the best descriptive poets of America. CHARLES WILSON, ALFRED B.
STREET, and your Dr. WM. H. SIMMONS, the author of "Onea," are among
the best descriptive poets that the country has ever produced. They
possessed, respectively, fine eyes for details; were curious observers; and
each sufficiently the contemplative poet to be able to marry the mere detail
to those fine fancies which give it vitality in the mind of the reader. It is an
error to call BRYANT a descriptive poet. He is a contemplative poet, like

William Gilmore Simms, The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, edited by Mary C.
Oliphant, Alfred Taylor Odell and T.C. Duncan Eaves. Vol IV. (Columbia:
University of South Carolina Press, 1952), 309n.