Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription SEPTEMBER 1838 11
Mc.C. will probably give you a large order for R. H. His sales of my books generally, are very large—a circumstance, perhaps, chiefly owing to his personal regard for the author. I trust that R. H. will justify, by its own merits, any exertions which, on other grounds, he may make in its behalf. May we soon hope for the experiment?
Yrs with much Esteem &c
W. Gilmore Simms
Recieved the History of Brazil—a fine copy and in good order.' I trust it is not too extravagant for a poor author.
New York, 25th. Septr. [1838]' Dear Sir
By the 'Mirror' you will see that 'R. H.' has found favor in the sight of that Journal. I presume you have seen the notice of which
1829 Edward withdrew from the firm and entered into partnership with Abraham Hart, and Carey, Lea & Carey became Carey & Lea. In Jan. 1833 William A. Blanchard joined the firm as a partner, and the name was changed to Carey, Lea & Blanchard. Henry retired on Oct. 1, 1838, and the firm then became Lea & Blanchard. For a full account of the firm, see David Kaser, Messrs. Carey & Lea of Philadelphia: A Study in the History of the Booktrade (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 119571).
Henry Carey's firm bought the copyright of Simms' new novel, and The Damsel of Darien was finished in June 1839 (see letter to Paulding of June 16 174)) and published in 2 vols. by Lea and Blanchard later that year.
The only history of Brazil that we can locate published before the date of this letter is The History of the Brasils from the Original Discovery, in 1500, to the Emigration of the Royal Family of Portugal, in 1807(London: J. T. Ward & Co., 1808).
'Dated by Simms' reference to the notice of Richard Hurdis in the New-York Mirror, XVI (Sept. 22, 1838), 103. The reviewer finds the novel "powerfully wrought" and "ably written.""It proclaims the catastrophe a little too abruptly—and a similar fault is evident throughout. . . . But the author tells his terrible tale of retribution with a force and correctness of style, a power of description, and an earnestness and directness of manner, which amply redeem the minor defects of his story. . . . The interest is well sustained throughout, and there is a harrowing power in many of the scenes. . . . We shall do injustice to this extraordinary work