Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | [1860]
Transcription in every equal degree. This volume closes with an Appendix, containing
several very interesting notices of Irish history. The Life, and Introductory
Essay, which precede the volume, are well written, and also of much
_ instructive interest.
While poetry is our subject, we may as well limit our letter to topics
of this character, and note the inauguration of other poets nearer home. By
this time you are probably in receipt of the Poems of HENRY LINDEN FLASH,
of Mobile, of which I wrote briefly on a previous occasion. So far as I have
seen, this little volume has been received with a generous welcome by the
New York public. The weekly literary papers have all spoken favorably and
genially, especially the Home Journal, to the editors of which, in particular,
the delicate fancies of Mr. FLASH would naturally commend themselves. Of
course, this publication must be regarded only as an avant courier —a first
flight as the pyrotechnists usually send up a shower of rockets to prepare
the spectators for the more imposing exhibition which is to follow. The
verses of Mr. FLASH show delicacy, grace, fancy, and just that sufficient
degree of sadness and tenderness which seems necessary to the lyrical writer
and to the song, even when he most enthusiastic and his songs most ethereal.
With due pains-taking and industry Mr. FLASH will achieve far superior
things in literature, assuming that he shall continue his efforts in this
province. But we are told that he is soon to remove from Mobile to Texas,
thus putting himself still farther off from our American marts of publication.
This remoteness from the place of publication from the great city has
been the frequent reason, with Southern writers of genius, for. pausing in a
career after a first effort, feeling the absence of that stimulus derived, at
once, from the sympathies of a dense population and the facilities of a
medium of communication with the public. You will note that Messrs. BUD
& CARLETON, the publishers, have sent the book in a very beautiful style.
I perceived that your columns, some time ago, contained a brief
notice of certain serial poems put forth by the Abbe ADRIEN ROUQUETTE, of
Louisiana. Since these publications, in detail, the author has collected the
whole into one ample octavo of nearly three hundred pages, entitled
"L 'Antoninde, ou La Solitude avec Dieu (Frois Ages) Poeme Eremetique.
Nouvelle Orleans: L'MARCHAND. 1860."
The Abbe ROUQUETTE has given us several volumes of graceful
poetry, written, like this before us, in the French language; and one copious
work of religious character, in prose. He has. also published one or more
brochures in English, verse and prose. He is equally accomplished in French
and English, and shows himself a graceful and copious writer in both
languages. Born of French parents in Louisiana what is called a Creole
he has had the advantages of a Parisian education; and, when graduating at
Paris, he distinguished himself as an orator and poet; winning the applause
of a large circle of the young writers of that ancient city. Since his return to


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