Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 128b Israel Keech Tefft >> Page 47

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription MARCH 1842 47
other & usual toils, my friends & neighbours, knowing me to be a sturdy loco loco, & giving me credit for being more, have forced me into nomination for the Legislature—my first candidacy—and this implies a necessity, it seems, of showing myself at musters, barbacues, sale days, sessions & other gatherings of the people. This will consume some profitable time & all that you can secure me will be valuable. Recieve my sincere thanks for your courtesy & the kind invitation it conveys,—of which I shall be most happy to avail myself. I wish you well over your journey & safe home with your assets—no unmeaning wish in these days when money is so scarce and the morality of the highways so very questionable.
Very faithfully Your friend &c
W. Gilmore Simms I. K. Tefft, Esq.
Wednesday Mg. [March 9, 18421' That noggin last night! Let it be no more called punch, but Judy. Never was thing more feminine—nay, it was positively old womanish. At least, it maintains a sort of tingling to this moment in my ears. Judy be the name, hereafter, of all such night caps. But, I must keep quiet for the Dinner with the Dr.2—At present, head & stomach, equally, revolt at the idea of compounds, such as good Hosts fancy under the name of creature Comforts. Did you think to throw the letters in the R 0?
I. K. Tefft.
was revised and published as The Epochs and Events of American History, as Suited to the Purposes of Art in Fiction" in Views and Reviews in American Literature, History and Fiction, First Series (New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845), pp. 20-101.
'Since Simms lectured before the Georgia Historical Society on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 1842, this letter dated "Wednesday Mg." should undoubtedly be assigned to the same year.
=Probably William Bacon Stevens, who by profession was a physician.