Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Introduction

Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription Introduction x l i i i
to the manuscript, but a footnote explains that here the manuscript is torn. Raised letters have been lowered.
In annotating the letters in this volume we have followed the general principles outlined by us in the Preface to Volume II of the Letters. Our aim has been twofold: to throw as much light as we can on the matter of the letters themselves and to connect them with the letters already published in our first five volumes. Identifications and explanations necessary for each letter are made in the customary manner. When fuller information is to be found elsewhere in the letters, cross-references are made to those letters by date and by number. When the information is in another foot-note, reference is made to the number of the footnote and the date and number of the letter. A reference to "introductory sketch" is to one of the short biographies included in "Simms' Circle" or "The Family Circle," pages xc–cl of Volume I. Upon occasion some of our footnotes explain matters left unexplained or only partly explained in letters printed in earlier volumes (this is especially true for those in Volume I), and we have in these cases referred to the earlier letters. In a few instances we have corrected errors in the annotations to the letters in Volumes I–V. The reader of The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, therefore, would be wise to read this volume along with the first five volumes.
We have followed throughout the style in footnoting used in Volumes II through V. A "see" reference enclosed by parentheses indicates that the reference deals only with the matter immediately preceding the parentheses—perhaps only the name of a person, perhaps the contents of an entire sentence. A "see" reference that stands alone as an independent sentence indicates that the reference deals with all the preceding information of the footnote. In making reference to published books, in order to make as clear as possible the particular imprint concerned, we have given bibliographical data exactly as they appear on the title pages. Thus, in one footnote, "Carey and Hart" and "Carey & Hart" may be given. The inconsistency is that of the publisher, not that of the editors of Simms' letters.
Appendix II to Volume V of the Letters contains letters that came to our attention after the volumes in which they chronologically