Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 174(1a) Matthew St. Clair Clarke >> Page 71

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription SEPTEMBER 1843 71
as I leave Boston for New York this afternoon. I have taken leave to cover a note for M. Perdicaris.'
Very truly & respectfully Yr obt ser.
W. Gilmore Simms Professor Felton.
Charleston. Sep. 21. [1843J'
M. St Clair Clarke, Esq. Sir
Under the instructions of Mr. Peter Force, I take the liberty to send to your address, for him, a copy of the History of South Carolina, and of the Geography of the same state, which you will please place in his hands. With great respect
I am Sir
Yr obt Servant
W. Gilmore Simms
'Probably Gregory A. Perdicaris, who later wrote The Greece of the Greeks, 2 vols. (New York: Paine and Burgess, 1846).
'Until his death in 1851 Clarke, who was in 1843 clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, was associated with Peter Force (see note 310, Oct. 12, 1845 [2761) in the compilation and publication of American Archives (Washington, D.C., 1837-1853). On Mar. 2, 1833, Congress passed an act authorizing the secretary of state to make a contract with Clarke and Force for the publication of this work (see The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, IV [Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 18461, pp. 654-655).
'Someone (possibly Force) has dated this letter and the two following letters to Force "1843" (174 [2a] and 175a). The date seems probable because of Simms' reference to the third volume of Force's Tracts in his letter to Force of Oct. 9 (175a).