Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 663b Henry Panton >> Page 138

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 138 THE SIMMS LETTERS
& nothing since. Did you procure any information touching Arnold's wife &c?z Now, will you inquire for me at Blanchard's & Lea's, if they have got setts of the American Quarterly which they will dispose of cheaply?' I believe they advertised such sometime ago. I have the two first volumes & would be content to have the rest; but they might not be willing to break a sett. Copies ought to be got for a very moderate sum. Enquire & let me know. I think it likely I shall visit Phila. in July or August, when I hope to see you & your collection.'

Yours very truly &c
W. Gilmore Simms
Charleston, June 10. 1853 dear Panton.

Accompanying, you will find the portrait, done by H. B. Bounetheau, from life, and here thought to be singularly faithful—too faithful in fact, since he has even included in it the marks made by the spectacles across the nose, which is thought to be unnecessary to the likeness, & which you will get the engraver to efface. Put on the plate the inscription of the artist, who is, like yourself an amateur, & whom I shall make to know you when he next visits

1Simms had asked Baird for information about Margaret Shippen Arnold in his letter of Mar. 4, 1853 (658); he continued to ask him for information in his letters of Sept. 15, 1853 (672), and Oct. 14, 1855 (792). Undoubtedly he wanted it for revision of his play about Benedict Arnold on which he had been working for years and which was eventually published as "Benedict Arnold: The Traitor. A Drama, in an Essay" in the Magnolia Weekly during 1863 (see note 21, Jan. 25, 1850 [5211).
'The American Quarterly Review (Philadelphia) ran from Mar. 1827 through Dec. 1837.
'Simms left for New York City around Aug. 1 and returned to Charleston on Sept. 26. See his letters to Lawson of July 16 (669) and Sept. 28 (675). 6636
'Panton, brother-in-law of Evert Augustus Duyckinck, was connected with Justus Starr Redfield's publishing house, Redfield.