Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 71e Edward L. Carey >> Page 17

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription MARCH 1839 17
rewrite, and this I can only do well by a perfect knowledge of the contents of chap. 10. This will be productive of a degree of delay which may increase your printers impatience and rouse his choler, but you must pacify him by assurances of a great deal more work from the Alabama Author—an assurance which, I trust, for the prosperity of all parties, will be realized. When we get started again there shall be no more delay. Indeed, but for some unlooked for toils at home, the preparation of my romance for Lea & Blanchard,' and the belief that you would neither commence so soon upon the work nor proceed so rapidly, I should have provided you with a plentiful supply. It may he that in a month or two, I will require you to break ground for another, new, anonymous author, in an entirely new field.' But this anon. Touching the title you must be the best judge. Make it what you please. It struck me, that "Border Beagles, a Tale of the Yazoo Frontier" would be a good one, but—'A Tale of Mississippi' will, perhaps, be as significant & no less popular. Choose you between 'em. How goes on the sale of R. H. Second Edition? Did you send me the copies I asked for. I percieve that the Southwestern journals are clamorous in applause, and this
=The Damsel of Darien.
'Evidently Simms already had in mind As Good as a Comedy: Or, the Tennesseean's Story, published anonymously by A. Hart, Philadelphia, in 1852. In his letter to Lawson of June 27, 1845 (261), he mentions it as "a thing of 150 pages to be written."