Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JANUARY 1851 115 539a : To WILLIAM JOHN GRAYSON'
Charleston, May 31. [1850]2
Hon. W. J. Grayson. clear Sir:
This will be handed you by Mr. W. C. Richards, one of the new publishers of the Southern Quarterly.' He is seeking friends & patrons of the Review in Washington. A word from you may greatly promote his objects. He is a young gentleman of worth & intelligence, particularly endowed with that energy & those business habits, which the work has hitherto so much needed. I need not say more to you. "A word to the wise &c."
Yours very truly
W. Gilmore Simms 564a : To JOHN NEAL
Woodlands S. C. Jan 30. [1851]' To
John Neal.
dear Sir:
The sun of the season with you. It was on the eve of leaving home that I sent you some of my metrical trifles. I have just returned to find your letter, and thank you for its good wishes. In a few days I hope to send you a Poem called the City of the Silent, which I lately delivered at the Consecration of a Public Cemetery near

'At this time Grayson (see introductory sketch) was a member from South Carolina of the U.S. House of Representatives.
'Dated by Simms' remarks about William Carey Richards. See note 3, below.
'After the death of James S. Burges the firm of Walker and Richards (Joseph Walker and William Carey Richards) became the publisher of the Southern Quarterly Review. For Richards, see introductory sketch of the Richards family.
'Dated by Simms' reference to his "lately delivered" The City of the Silent. A Poem . . . Delivered at the Consecration of Magnolia Cemetery. November 19, 1850 (Charleston: Walker & James, 1850).