Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 68a Edward L. Carey, [1838-07-01] >> Page 10

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 10 THE SIMMS LETTERS
in the Book Market?—What say the Banks—specie & nonspecie paying.' Do they intend to continue costive only to destroy our kindred occupations. Can it be that such are their objects—certainly such are the cruel consequences of their evil doings. I trust you keep well in health & spirits, and, having some hopes yourself, can help me to a new supply.
Ever yours &c
W. Gilmore Simms E. L. Carey, Esq.
Charleston, S. Carol. July 1. [1838]' My dear Sir,
Mr. McCarter, who will hand you this, is in our secret, and one of the few friends in whom I have confided. I have authorized him to make any contract for me, with any publisher, giving a preference however, to your brother, for the disposition of the Copyright of a new romance which I have in preparation, entitled "the Damsel of Darien". This will be ready in October or before; and it will give me pleasure should Mr. H. C. Carey, not determine upon its purchase, if he could then make his arrangements with you.' Mr.
'In 1837 the banks, led by the Bank of the United States of Pennsylvania, had stopped payment in specie. In July 1838, Governor Ritner of Pennsylvania by proclamation required all of the banks of his state to resume payment in specie by Aug. 1. By the fall of 1838 resumption was general except in the Southwest. See Edward M. Shepard, Martin Van Buren (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 11899]), pp. 348-349.
'Dated by Simms' remarks about Richard Hurdis ("the experiment"), published later that year.
'In our introductory sketch of the Carey brothers the information we give about Henry Charles Carey's connection with the booktrade is inaccurate. Carey (1793-1879), son of Matthew Carey (1760-1839). became a junior partner in his father's firm in 1817, and the name of the firm became M. Carey & Son. Later, in 1821, it was changed to M. Carey & Sons after the marriage of Matthew Carey's daughter, Frances Anne, to Isaac Lea, who was taken in as a junior partner. Upon Matthew Carey's retirement in 1822, Henry and his brother-in-law purchased the firm, which for a while was known as H. C. Carey & I. Lea, then as Carey, Lea & Carey a few years after Henry's brother, Edward, entered the firm in 1822. In