Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 292a William Alfred Jones >> Page 80

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 80 THE SIMMS LETTERS
Columbia on the 16th. (Tuesday) and would like to take Govan with me. The object of the rule of The Trustees being to keep the young men from the excesses and temptations of Christmas, (I assume this) you may safely answer for his behaviour during his stay with us. If you can serve me in this particular you will very much oblige me.
Respectfully & faithfully yours &c
W. Gilmore Simms
Hon W. C. Preston
Woodlands, Jan 25. [1846]'
Wm. A. Jones, Esq Dear Sir
I have suffered your kind and complimentary letter, sent through our friend Duyckinck two months ago, to remain unseasonably long unnoticed. But my apology is one which you will readily comprehend & recieve. When it came to hand, I had just taken my seat in our Legislature, and had my hands too full of public affairs to think of private.' When I returned home, the professional and domestic duties, provided me a world of drudgery to go through, and keep me still as busy as single mortal should be at any time. But I must make my acknowledgments for your courtesy, though I do so in a somewhat unsatisfactory manner.—For a month or so back, up to the present time, the Temperance Society in Charles-ton, has been hammering at your heretical essay in most belligerent

'See introductory sketch.
'Dated by Simms' remarks about the controversy caused by Jones'"The Temperance Question." See note 4, below.
'Simms was elected a member of the S.C. House of Representatives in 1844 and served for one term.