Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 92 THE SIMMS LETTERS 430a : To JOHN JAY'
Charleston, July 1. [184812
John Jay Esqr. Dear Sir
I hasten to say, in answer to your note, that I will at once proceed to obtain signatures to the Memorial—I think with you, that the prospect is just now better than ever for procuring the passage of an act with regard to Int. Copyright. When my list is filled, I shall at once forward it to some Members of the Committee of Congress. A pleasant summer excursion; it is indeed men travel now—no longer travail to make the trip to Europe.'
Yours Very truly &c W. Gilmore Simms.

Woodlands Nov. 29. [1848]'
Mess'rs Carey & Hart. Gentlemen.
I do not percieve that you are doing much in the way of publication, and being anxious to beguile you into more activity, I beg

'Jay (1817–1894), the grandson of Chief Justice John Jay, was an author, lawyer, and diplomat. He was admitted to the bar in New York City in 1839 and practiced law there for about twenty years. During 1847 and 1848 Jay took a strong interest in an Anglo-American copyright agreement, went to Washington and interviewed various congressmen, and in March 1848 sent a memorial to Representative Thomas Butler King of Georgia. A select committee with King as chairman was appointed, and Jay wrote various authors, including Simms, urging them to petition King's select committee. No action was taken by Congress. For an account of Jay's efforts, see James J. Barnes, Authors, Publishers and Politicians: The Quest for an Anglo-American Copyright Agreement 1815–1854 (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1974), pp. 86-94. Simms' letter to Jay was copied by Maunsell Bradhurst Field (1822–1875) and included with copies of other letters to Jay in his letter to Jay of July 11, 1848 (original in the Jay Family Papers, Columbia University Libraries). We have not located the original of Simms' letter.
'See note 1, above.
'Jay had sailed for Liverpool around May 11.
'Since Simms was trying to complete his "Huguenots in Florida" (The Lily and