Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription AUGUST 1842 57
Charleston, Aug. 18. [184212 dear Sir
I have this day put into the hands of Mr. Fogartie, your Brother's representative, the concluding portions of the Geography of South Carolina, a work of great labor, which has cost me much time & industry. I shall expect you to send me proofs of it, duplicated as before, by different mails, so that in the failure of one, we shall still have another to rely on. On the subject of payments, I propose that you should accept my draft, at one month, in favor of your brother for Fifty dollars; the remaining Fifty to be paid on the first day of March, (1843) Eighteen Hundred & forty three. I propose to take the first instalment of fifty dollars,' in goods, out of your Brother's store, and will pledge myself that such shall be the case. I fancy these terms will suit you. I shall expect some ten or fifteen copies of the Geography, for my own private distribution. These
'Babcock (1796-1884), the son of John Babcock (1764–1643) of New Haven, Conn., joined his father's publishing firm in 1815. In 1825 the firm of John Babcock & Son was dissolved "in consequence of John Babcock's declining business." Under the terms of the dissolution the business was to be carried on by Sidney, Henry L., and William R. Babcock under the name of Babcock and Company. In 1818 William Rogers Babcock (1800–1859) came to Charleston to open a bookshop and stationery store on behalf of himself and his older brother Sidney. In 1829 the shop was moved from Church Street to King Street. In the 1840s Sidney and William dissolved their partnership, and William took on Samuel Fogartie, an employee of the Charleston house, as his partner. William retired from business in 1859, Sidney in 1880. William became a friend of Simms, and S. Babcock & Co., Charleston, published the first and second editions of Simms' History of South Carolina in 1840 and 1842. Like the History, many of the Babcock publications were children's books. Notable among them were numerous textbooks (some of which Simms may have contributed to) aimed specifically at southern children. We are indebted to David Moltke-Hansen for this information, which corrects the information we gave on the Babcocks in note 5, Mar. 2, 1840 (80a).
'Dated by Simms' remarks about The Geography of South Carolina: Being a Companion to the History of That State (Charleston: Babcock & Co., 1843).
'Simms first wrote I shall want no [money?' and then struck through the words.