Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 626c George Palmer Putnam >> Page 130

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 130 THE SIMMS LETTERS
clever young man. Let me hear from you as to what I am required to contribute and I shall be as prompt as many toils, and some physical infirmities will allow, in making my response.—I said some-thing in my previous letter touching a scheme of publication turning in my head, in which I was disposed to wish that you would co-operate. When Carey & Hart put forth their two volumes of American Biography under the title of Washington & the Generals of the Revolution, I was employed to contribute a body of Southern Biography. My articles included Lives of Sumter, Moultrie, Greene, Gadsden, Huger, Kosciusko, Lee,' and others. To these I am pre-pared to add sketches of John Rutledge, Baron de Kalb and some few others military & civil, and to make up a couple of volumes of my own. In some of these, as in the case of De Kalb I publish correspondence original & hitherto unknown & inedited. Altogether, I should suppose the collection, to which I should affix my name, would be particularly attractive in the South and of general interest throughout the country. Would such a projet suit you.'—I have also prepared a volume of somewhat novel character, no less than a descriptive & legendary poem—especially descriptive of the rare, little known & rarely beautiful scenery of our mountain country. The subject, manner and material are all novel. The poem extends to 2500 lines octosyllabic, and would be enriched with copious notes, original and borrowed from such quaint, pleasant old authors as Adair, Bartram &c.5 It would make a handsome volume for illustration & with only a couple of good engravings would probably prove attractive as an annual, at a moderate price. As I concieve myself to have been quite successful in the verse, as well as the plan, I should really anticipate considerable success &'Thomas Sumter (1734-1832), William Moultrie (1730-1805), Nathanael Greene (1742—1786), Christopher Gadsden (1724—1805). Isaac Huger (1743—1797), Thadeusz Andrzej Bonawentura Kosciuszko (1746-1817), and Charles Lee (1731-1782).
'John Rutledge (1739—1800) and Johann Kalb (1721—1780), known as "Baron de Kalb."
This work was not published.
'James Adair, The History of the American Indians ... (London: E. and C. Dilly, 1775) and William Bartram, Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida . . . (Philadelphia: Printed by James & Johnson, 1791).