Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription MAY 1847 89
and beg that you will give me credit for a long letter, in which I have discoursed equally as a critic & a friend. It will always give me great pleasure to hear from you, and of your successes.
Very truly Yours &c. W. Gilmore Simms
New York, May 21. [184712 dear Sir
Saddled with a good lady & her children twain just as I was leaving Charleston for N. Y., and somewhat delayed by the weather en route, I found it quite impossible to pause in Balto. in my transit, though really desirous of doing so. I will make a serious effort to give you a day on my return, which I calculate will be towards the close of June.' Meanwhile, I trust it is not impossible for you to ramble off in this region. You might be just as well employed here as at home, at all events so far as relates to the acquisition of
of my wife's health. Seriously, I am greatly concerned at her condition. An invalid for months & reduced to a mere skeleton, she was just beginning to improve a little in strength and appetite, but very slowly, when she was seized with an epidemical cold or influenza which has fastened upon her head, and has been distressing her for a week past with intense pains, soreness in her head & bones, and a troublesome cough. My life is past in constant drudgery & unremitted anxieties, & I feel myself growing old with fearful rapidity." See also letters to Lawson of c. Feb. 20 (359) and to Duyckinck of Feb. 25 (360).
'This letter is printed by R. Baird Shuman in "William Gilmore Simms to W. H. Carpenter: A New Item," Manuscripts, XIV (Spring 1962), 17-19. Our text is from the original, now in the South Caroliniana Library. For Carpenter, the Baltimore novelist, historian, and editor, see note 133, Apr. 24, 1847 (374).
'Dated by Simms' excuse for not stopping off at Baltimore on his way to New York City. On Apr. 24 he had written to Carpenter (374) that he planned to do so, and on May 8 he wrote from Philadelphia to Lawson (376): "Tell your wife that I was saddled with another man's woman, on leaving Charleston, who was old, ugly, had two children & twenty trunks, boxes, bundles, baskets &c, to take charge of...."'Simms did not visit Baltimore on his return to Charleston. On July 3 he wrote to Carey and Hart (387): "1 am on the wing for the South, and shall leave for Charleston, by the Steamer this afternoon."