Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 626c George Palmer Putnam >> Page 129

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JULY 1852 129
constituting, The Border Romance of the South—some half dozen vols. more. I have some preliminary matters to adjust, before the thing can be done, but shall be obliged to, if, at your leisure, you can give me your opinion of it.8
Yours very truly
W. Gilmore Simms 626c : To GEORGE PALMER PUTNAM
Charleston July 1. 1852. My dear Sir:
I waited the return of Mr. Richards before fully replying to your letter. He has just got home, and professes to have understood you very imperfectly as to the design of your publication, for which you desire some notes respecting myself and my whereabouts. Please let me know what you want and to what extent—in other words what space will you accord to the subject. If a personal or biographical or literary sketch, with description of abode—in short any thing in relation to what I may becomingly give information, I will cheer-fully do so. Mr. T. Addison Richards, while on a visit to us last winter made a pencil sketch of my residence in Carolina. This, I suppose, he will gladly put at your service.' He is also, perhaps, better prepared than his brother to do any letter press which you may need. The latter always has his hands full. In making such sketches successful a great deal depends upon the capacity of the writer to enter into the moral nature of the subject. The younger Mr. R. has probably more insight than the elder. He is, in fact, under the most unobtrusive features in the world, a remarkably
"Putnam did not republish any of these novels.
'An engraving of Woodlands by Samuel Valentine Hunt (1803—1893) from the sketch by Thomas Addison Richards (see introductory sketch of the Richards family) accompanies the account of Simms and Woodlands in Homes of American Authors (see note 154, Aug. 10, 1852 16341). It is reproduced in Vol. I of The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, facing p. 168.