Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription 126 THE SIMMS LETTERS
626a : To CHARLES E. TEFFT'
Office South. Quart. Review. Charleston, May 29. 1852.
C. E. Tefft Esq.
My dear Charles.
I am not willing that you should evade the preparation of a paper on the History of Georgia. It is no reason that a work should not be reviewed because it is incomplete or inferior; nay, that such are its characteristics suggests the very best reason for showing them up. Neither White, nor Stevens, nor Arthur, nor McCall, could make a good history, and it is not necessary to decide upon the degree of comparison among them. All, together, might afford the text for a good article, and I should like to see you begin a bolder career than you have usually pursued, by an ambitious effort in this department. Try it, if you can.' You have not copied the marked passages for me from Washington? If yea, forward them when you can, by steamer; but if not, do not give yourself any trouble about them as they can be done without. We have just removed from the plantation to the city, and I am yet in the thick of packages & unpackings. I very much regret that you do not report more favorably of Papa. Say to him that I am now preparing a running commentary on DeKalb for our July issue,' and when finished, I
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'Tefft (1824—1853) was the youngest son of Israel Keech Tefft. See note 141, Dec. 17, 1853 (686).
'Tefft did not write this article on George White's Statistics of the State of Georgia: Including an Account of Its Natural, Civil, and Ecclesiastical History; Together with a Particular Description of Each County. Notices of the Manners and Customs of Its Aboriginal Tribes, and a Correct Map of the State (Savannah: W. T. Williams, 1849), Vol. I of William Bacon Stevens's A History of Georgia from Its First Discovery by Europeans to the Adoption of the Present Constitution in MDCCXCVIII (New York:
D. Appleton and Co., 1847), Timothy Shay Arthur's and William Henry Carpenter's The History of Georgia, from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo Sr Co., 1852), and Hugh McCall's The History of Georgia, Containing Brief Sketches of the Most Remarkable Events, up to the Present Day, 2 vols. (Savannah: Seymour & Williams, 1811-1816).
'"The Baron DeKalb," Southern Quarterly Review, N. S., VI (July 1852), 141—203.