Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription APRIL 1838 9
and holding me your debtor until we meet in Charleston, which, I trust, will be in spring following. You will also oblige me by forwarding the packet, as you propose, by any private hand, to whom you think you may entrust it safely, to the original address in Phila.;—provided such opportunity offers within a week after the recpt of this. Should it not—though the purse weeps—send it on by the Mail. I will instruct Mr. Carey' by letter, on the instant, of your possession of the packet & he may provide some mean for getting it. I hope, if we are to have any abolition troubles, that your share may be moderate. With due respect, I am
Yr servt &c.
W. Gilmore Simms Hon. H. S. Legare.
[April? 1838]' dear Sir
I sent you from Charleston last week, the two concluding chapters of R. H. I trust before you recieve this, you will have the entire work in possession, and hasten on to the publication. While in Charleston, I entrusted my secret to Mr. McCarter, the Bookseller, in whose integrity I can rely, and he begs that you may send him one hundred copies—I suppose on your usual terms—which I doubt not that he will dispose of readily. He commonly sells from 150 to 200 copies, of all my books.' Are there any tidings of better things

'Edward L. Carey, partner in the firm of Carey and Hart. See introductory sketch of the Carey brothers.

'Dated by Simms' reference to the manuscript of Richard Hurdis; or, the Avenger of Blood. A Tale of Alabama, published anonymously in 2 vols. (Philadelphia: E. L. Carey & A. Hart, 1838). See letters to Carey and Hart of Apr.? and May 1, 1838 (65a and 66). By the latter date the firm had apparently received all of the manuscript of the novel.
'James J. McCarter was the proprietor of a bookstore at 112 Meeting Street. See the Charleston Directory for that year.