Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JUNE 1853 139
New York. I enclose you a few strips of my signatures done more decently than usual, from which you may detach an autograph for the same page. I trust you will give us a really good engraving.' In the same packet you will find seven chapters of Vasconselos, 28 to 34 inclusive. I shall condense the residue as much as possible, but will not be able to compress within your limits as all that remains will be the action and incidents which are unavoidable from what is already written. You must do the best with it and if two volumes cannot be made (though I do not see how you are to escape it) perhaps it may be well to print the rest without leads—an awkward necessity which I do not like to contemplate. It is greatly to be regretted that we began with leads) An occasional work in 2 vols. may be an occasional temptation, as, in degree, it is a novelty nowa-days. You will also find in the package 64 pages (taking the folios of the old volume) of the revised edition of "The Yemassee". I have laid the sheets all regularly, one after the other, and by using them only as they are wanted, there can be no confusion. In the first portions you will see that my alterations are considerable. They will lessen as we proceed. Russell thinks the Revolutionary novels should be the ones to begin with. I shall get the Partisan ready for you the next, & can correct the press while I am in New York.' I hope to be on in July.—The Yemassee is not a long novel, and will, I suppose, furnish a good general average for all my books. I have here the plates of two nouvellettes, Helen Halsey & Castle Dismal—each about the size of Martin Faber,—both as good or better, and both quite popular in their day—and both long out of print. Shall I have them sent on.5 The plates of Wiley & Putnam's editions
'The original drawing of Simms by Henry Brintnell Bounetheau (1797—1877), the Charleston miniaturist, is reproduced as the frontispiece to Vol. 1 of The Letters of William Gilmore Simms; it is now owned by Mary Simms Oliphant Furman. Bounetheau's drawing was engraved by W. J. Alais and published as the frontispiece to Vol. I of Simms' Poems Descriptive Dramatic, Legendary and Contemplative, 2 vols. (New York: Redfield, 1853). The volumes were also issued with the imprint of John Russell, Charleston, S.C. (see letter to Chesnut of Jan. 12, 1854 [691a]).
'Chaps. XXVIII—L (pp. 342—531) are printed without leads.
'Redfield's editions of The Yemassee and The Partisan are dated respectively 1853 and 1854.
'Redfield did not publish editions of Helen Halsey or Castle Dismal. Nor did he publish an edition of Martin Faber: The Story of a Criminal, first published by J. & J. Harper, New York, in 1833.