Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | 2008
Transcription Simms was anchored philosophically in this tradition his little note to Gardin
is easier to understand. The inscription to the Reverend Young was in need
of some "liberalization."
Thus we see how much we can learn about Simms' by paying
attention to a small word change recommended in a - short letter to a
colleague. Changing "goodness" to "mercy" may seem like a minor
adjustment to a memorial transcription. But when it is recommended by
William Gilmore Simms there can be little doubt that it is freighted with rea
meaning and significance. As an American Simms knows that a few words
in the public realm, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" for example

can determine the fate of nations, peoples and civilizations and therewith the
very course of history itself 10

10 See Colin D. Pearce, "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer: The
Immortality of the Artist and the Progress of Society in William Gilmore
Simms" The Simms Review (2004)