Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription 66 THE SIMMS LETTERS
reaches you you will have recd. it.—I will thank you to send me a copy of Wilson's Noctes,' in the same neat style of binding, in which you have issued Macauley's, Talfourds'&c.—a half binding, calf, I believe. Send me also in the same style, the 4th. Vol. of Macauley.4 I have all the rest.
Yours truly W. G. Simms
P. S. I am very anxious to put forth a volume or two of Tales, a neat 12 mo.—as Border Stories of the South & West. I have one or two that have never been printed & several that have & which are among my best writings. What would be the chance of an edition in two volumes, at 75/ioo or $1.00?—And how would you like to try one—my profits to depend upon yoursj5
'John Wilson, The Noctes Ambrosianx of "Blackwood" (Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1843). When Simms was planning his Southern and Western Monthly Magazine and Review, he thought of including a department modeled on Wilson's Noctes (see letter to Holmes of Dec. 30, 1844 (224), and note 47, Jan. 18, 1845 [228]).
'Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd, Critical and Miscellaneous Wntings (Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1842).
'Carey and Hart began publishing an edition of Thomas Babington Macaulay's Critical and Miscellaneous Writings in 1842. A fifth volume was published in 1844. The firm also published (in 1843) a one-volume edition, which Simms in his Magnolia, N. S., II (June 1843), 397, describes as a "new and cheap edition," but because of the paper and type he recommends the purchase of "the dear edition in four stout duodecimo's."'Carey and Hart evidently declined, since on June 12, 1843, Simms wrote to Lawson (163) asking him to propose the volume to Harper & Brothers. He there mentions "most" of the proposed contents: "Ellen Halsey, or my Wife against my Will; 2. Castle Dismal, or the Bachelor's Christmas, 3. Barnacle Sam, or the Edisto Raftsman. 4. The Last Wager, or the Gamester of the Mississippi, 5. Murder will out; a Ghost story; The Arm Chair of Tustenuggee, a Legend of the Catawba. 7. The Lazy Crow, a Story of the Cornfield, &c.""Ellen Halsey" was later published in book form as Helen Halsey: Or, the Swamp State of Conelachita. A Tale of the Borders (New York: Burgess, Stringer & Co., 1845). Six chapters of "Castle Dismal; or the Bachelor's Christmas; a Nouvellette" were published in the Magnolia, IV (Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., and June 1842), 27—32, 97—109, 183—186, 240—247, 371-376. Why he discontinued its publication, we do not know, but the work was later published in book form as Castle Dismal: Or, the Bachelor's Christmas. A Domestic Tale (New York: Burgess, Stringer & Co., 1844). For "Barnacle Sam," see note 1, Feb. 23, 1843 (1496). "The Last Wager, or, the Gamester of the Mississippi, A Frontier Story" was published in The Gift ... [for] MDCCCXL111," pp. 275—327. For "'Murder Will Out,'" see note 2, Nov. 25, 1840 (94a). For "The Arm-Chair of Tustenuggee," see note 2, Feb. 14, 1839 (71d). For "The Two