Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription MAY 1847 91

get your work out with all possible rapidity.z—I published in the magazine of our friend Godey, a Christmas Story of the South, which it has been suggested to me would form a very good little Christmas publication a la Dickens, and with the aid of two or three or more illustrations by Darley' would probably command the popular favor. Miss Leslie is said (by Godey) to have thought well of the story, to which some descriptive additions might be made, if the present matter is not enough. Will it suit to look at the thing in question—Godey will place it in your hands,—or take Miss Leslie's opinion as to the chances of its success in the form which I suggest.4-Will Mr Baird' be pleased to remember the books he was to send me, which did not reach me at the hotel in Phil.
Very truly Yours &c W. Gilmore Simms

Mess'rs Carey & Hart
P. S. The Christmas Story in question is called "Maize-in-Milk"—&c. It appears in four parts, in as many numbers of Godeys Book, each part making about half a dozen of his pages. 24 of his pages may, with the aid of large type & a sea of margin, be made to cover 100 in a duodecimo. To this some 20 or 30 more pages might be added.
'Actually Simms had written to Griswold c. May 18 (377) that he had "done a portion of the paper on Greene, and will have all ready in a few days." For Simms' contribution to Griswold's Washington and the Generals of the American Revolution, 2 vols. (Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1847), see letter to Carey and Hart of Aug. 9, 1847 (399).
'Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1822-1888), the popular illustrator of this time.
'"Maize in Milk" was not issued as a separate publication. It was later included in Marie De Berniere: A Tale of the Crescent City (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, and Co., 1853), pp. 320-422.
'Henry Carey Baird (1825-1912), a nephew of Edward L. Carey, entered his uncle's firm in 1841. Carey died in 1845, and when the firm of Carey and Hart was dissolved in 1849, Baird established his own firm while Abraham Hart continued the old under his own name.