Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 124 THE SIMMS LETTERS
reviewer, assures me that the article is one that I may safely promise to publish.2-You will find in the Review a favorable notice of your brochure, anent Cresap &c.3—We are pretty much agreed as to the historical value of tradition in modem history. I could expose a thousand falsehoods in our credible books, but cui bono?—I regret that our publishers still plead poverty as a reason for not paying more liberally for contributions. I would have it otherwise, if it were possible; but cannot. Let me beg that when you perforce prepare an article, that you will give our pages the preference at all events, even at the poor pay of a Mexican per page.
Very truly Yours &c—W. Gilmore Simms. The sooner we recieve the article & books the better.

'Mayer's Mexico, Astec, Spanish and Republican: A Historical, Geographical, Political, Statistical and Social Account of That Country from the Period of the Invasion by the Spaniards to the Present Time . . . , 2 vols. (Hartford: S. Drake and Company, 1852), is reviewed by Mayer's friend James Morrison Harris (1817—1898), a prominent lawyer of Baltimore and later a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1855—1861), under the title of "Brantz Mayer's Mexico" in the Southern Quarterly Review, N. S., VI (July 1852), 117—141.
31n his notice of Tah-Gah-Jute; or, Logan and Captain Michael Cresap; a Discourse by Brantz Mayer; Delivered in Baltimore, before the Maryland Historical Society, on Its Sixth Anniversary, 9 May, 1851 (Baltimore: Printed by J. Murphy & Co., 1851) in the Southern Quarterly Review, N. S., IV (Oct. 1851), 543-544, Simms writes: "Mr. Mayer has argued the case [for Captain Michael Cresap] with great fullness, has arrayed all the evidence before the reader, and establishes triumphantly the innocence of the worthy pioneer, whose memory has so long remained dishonored under the false an unmeaning imputations of a drunken and lying Indian [the Shawnee Chief, Logan], whose wild eloquence was fortunate in having an editor in so accomplished a writer, and we may add, artist, as Thomas Jefferson." In his Notes on the State of Virginia Jefferson reprinted the eloquent speech of Tah-gahjute or James Logan (c. 1725—1780), a Mingo leader, accusing Michael Cresap (1742—1775) of the slaughter of certain members of his family in the Yellow Creek Massacre of Apr. 1774, which occasioned the outbreak of Dunmore's War. In a brief introduction Jefferson described Cresap as an "infamous" murderer of the Indians.