Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription AUGUST 1853 141
or Redfield'sβ€”in Philadelphia from Lippincott, or Butler.' In haste but very truly Yours &c
W. Gilmore Simms.


James T. Fields, Esq.
670a : To JAMES THOMAS FIELDS
New York. Augt. 16. [1853]'
James T. Fields, Esq. dear Sir:
My young friend, Mr. Paul H. Hayne, of South Carolina, will shortly visit your city, and as he is one of our craft, though a young beginner, a young Poet & the Editor of a Literary Weekly in Charles-ton, I take for granted that it will be agreeable to you to know each other.' You will find Mr. Hayne, one of the most amiable of Gentle-men, intelligent and modest. He is of our best families, & a nephew of the General, Robt. Y. Hayne, well known to you, as honored by his antagonism with Webster, on the famous Foote resolutions)
1n 1853 Lippincott, Grambo, & Co. issued editions of The Sword and the Distaff, The Wigwam and the Cabin, Norman Maurice, and The Pro-Slavery Argument, containing (pp. 175β€”285) Simms'"The Morals of Slavery." In the same year E. H. Butler & Co. published Egeria: Or, Voices of Thought and Counsel, for the Woods and Wayside. See note 130, July 7, 1852 (628), and notes 60 and 62, June 20, 1853 (666).
670a
'Dated by the visit of Paul Hamilton Hayne (see introductory sketch) to Boston in 1853 to seek a publisher for his poems. Fields' firm, Ticknor and Fields, published Hayne's Poems in Nov. 1854 (the volume is dated 1855). See Rayburn S. Moore, Paul Hamilton Hayne (New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., [1972]), pp. 17β€”18.
Rayne was editor of the Weekly News. See note 226, Nov. 24, 1849 (513).
On Dec. 29, 1829, Samuel Augustus Foote of Connecticut submitted in the U.S. Senate a resolution to inquire into the expediency of limiting the sales of the public lands to those then in the market, to suspend the surveys of the public lands, and to abolish the office of surveyor general. The debate against it was opened by Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri and continued by Robert Young Hayne (1791β€”1839) of South Carolina with Daniel Webster of Massachusetts as his opponent. For almost a fortnight the Senate was crowded with listeners to this celebrated debate, which among other subjects dealt with the tariff, Negro slavery, the merits of South Carolina and Massachusetts in the Revolution, the character of the Constitution, the virtues and vices of nullification, and the rights of the states. Hayne was a major general of the Second Division of the South Carolina Militia.