Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JANUARY 1854 145
say 1 '/4 each. Can you endure it. Let the citizens bring their nightcaps with them.4 I think I mentioned in my last certain numbers of the Messenger that I needed. Do forward them. I really should be glad to send you a story or two, but it is physically impossible.' See what a nervous scrawl I write. I have been at it all day. Hurriedly but truly
Yours &c
Simms J.R.T.
Woodlands, S. C. Jan. 27. [1854]' My dear Chesnut.
I am too much hurried to do more than thank you for your kind letter, & your attention to the Vols. of Poems. I shall communicate your list of subs. to J Russell, & instruct him to forward the copies to your address. Please add to your kindness, by having them de-livered, procuring the quid, and transmitting it to Russell. I note
'Simms left Charleston on Feb. 1 (see the Charleston Courier of Feb. 2) and arrived in Washington on Feb. 3 (see letter to Baird of Feb. 4 (696]). He lectured at Washington on Feb. 9(?), 10, 13, and 15 (see note 1, Feb. 8 [696al), left for Philadelphia on Feb. 18 or 19, and arrived there the same day (see letter to Baird of Feb. 17 [701]). Mrs. Simms did not want him to go to New York City because of the prevalence of smallpox there, so he remained in Philadelphia until Feb. 27, when he left for Richmond (see letters to Lawson of Feb. 21 [702] and to Thompson of Feb. 24 [703]). He arrived in Richmond on Feb. 28, but had to postpone his first lecture on "Poetry and the Practical" until Mar. 2 because of the loss of his trunk; his second lecture on the same subject was delivered on Mar. 3 (see note 38, Feb. 24 [703]). He lectured at Petersburg on Mar. 6 and 7 (see note 1, Mar. 17 [705a]) and returned to Woodlands on or before Mar. 13 (see letter to Duyckinck of that date [704]).
51n the Messenger for July and Aug. 1854 (XX, 396–403, 492–503) Simms published "The Legend of the Happy Valley, and the Beautiful Faun," signed "by a Southron." The tale is an expanded version of "Haiglar: A Story of the Catawbas," The Book of My Lady. A Melange (Philadelphia: Key & Biddle, 1833), pp. 126-135.
'Simms wrote Feb. 27. The correct month and year are determined by his remarks about his Poems (see letter to Chesnut of Jan. 12 [691a]) and his forth-coming lectures in Washington (see letter to Thompson of Jan. 13 [692a]).