Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 1834-1844
24a : To PROSPER MONTGOMERY WETMORE'
N. Y. Saturday Mg. June 14. [183412 dear Col.
I have, at length, determined upon a visit to Washington, and shall be pleased to have letters from you to some of the distingueessome of those mighty men in whom office lies, and from whom sinecurists have wherewithal to hope and dream. Today I go on 'a party of pleasure' to visit the Passaic, and shall not therefore have an opportunity until tomorrow of seeing you. But tomorrow after-noon, all things agreeing, I shall do myself the pleasure of a stroll up to 508 Broadway, with the hope of a dish of tea from the hands of wife W.3 All this, however, under the supposition that you are not otherwise disposed of then. Forgive the scrawl, but my pen has but a single nib, and is a gift—so the adage saves it. With all respect, for all
I am yrs ever sincerely
W. Gilmore Simms
P. M. Wetmore, Esq.
I propose to go on Monday Mg.
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'Wetmore, New York City businessman and minor poet, was at this time a colonel in the New York State Militia. See introductory sketch.
'Simms dated this letter "Saturday Mg. June 13." Simms' first visit to New York City was in 1832, but during the years 1832—1869 when June 13 fell on Saturday (1835, 1840, 1846, 1857, 1863, and 1868) he was not in New York City. The handwriting of the letter is early, and since Simms was not in New York City in June of 1832, 1835, 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, or 1844, the letter must have been written in 1833 or 1834. We do not know where he was in June 1833, but on June 12, 1834, he wrote from New York City to James Lawson in Washington (24) that he planned to see him there the following week. His remark in this letter to Wetmore that he proposes to go to Washington on Monday morning, is almost certain proof that the letter should he dated June 14, 1834.
'The former Lucy Ann Ogsbury.
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