Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 154a Israel Keech Tefft >> Page 64

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 64 THE SIMMS LETTERS
Charleston, March 15. [1843P My dear Tefft
Mr. Solomons who is the Bearer of this, is the agent for the Apollo Society, an institution the character of which he will explain to you, cheap, admirable of plan & highly attractive.' Pray push it in your city.—I have an autograph for you, or two—probably will visit you next month, & bring with me Wm. Cullen Bryant & Lady.' What say you?—Why do I not hear from you. My best respects at home.
Yours faithfully
W. Gilmore Simms
Charleston, March 28. [1843]'
Mess'rs Carey & Hart Gentlemen
I have this day put into the hands of Mr. Saml. Hart, Bookseller of this place, "The Two Camps, a Legend of the Old North State",
'Dated by Simms' reference to the Bryants' visit to South Carolina. See his other letters of this month.
'In a notice of the Transactions of the Apollo Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in the United States (New York, 1842) the Knickerbocker, XXI (Apr. 1843), 388, remarks that "for the small sum of five dollars a membership [in the Association] is secured, and a chance of obtaining by lot some one of the many fine paintings, from eminent artists, which are constantly made the property of the Association; to say nothing of an annual engraving, in the first style of the art, of one of the best paintings submitted to the Society." The name of the association was soon changed to the American Art-Union, of which Simms' friend Prosper Montgomery Wetmore was the first president.
'See introductory sketch.
'Dated by Simms' reference to the visit of William Cullen Bryant and his wife to Woodlands. See Simms' other letters written in Mar. 1843.