Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription 146 THE SIMMS LETTERS
that there are 11 copies. I shall have a dozen sent you, and you will be able probably to get rid of the odd one. We shall be pleased if more are wanted, for in truth, we have to create the taste for Poetry in the South, and the process, unless by subscription, would be a parlous danger. The reason of my hurry is briefly this. I am to deliver four Lectures in Washington early in February, and am busy packing up for the city whither I go on Saturday.' It is barely possible that I may take Camden in my way from Washington, and seize you by the fist when you little dream of.' Meanwhile prepare me the notes of which you speak for correcting errors of fact & opinion in my History4 & Biography.' I am grateful for all hints and information. Don't forget the brain-work in the brick work, nor let your mortar particles entirely crush your mental articles. In plain terms try & prepare a paper for our July or October issue.°
Very faithfully Yours &c W. Gilmore Simms


P.S. I took the liberty of giving your name to a firm in New York' which desired to find a Camden Lawyer, in some suspicious case of indebtedness.
696a : To BRANTZ MAYER
Washington, D. C. Feb. 8. [1854]'
Hon. Brantz Mayer. dear Sir.
I am here delivering certain lectures before the Smithsonian, and would like to know if I could glean a few pennies for the performance

Jan. 28.
There is no evidence that Simms did stop by Camden.
The History of South Carolina.
'We do not know which of his biographies Simms here has in mind.
'We are unable to attribute to Chesnut any article published in the Southern Quarterly Review during Simms' editorship.
Not identified.
696a
'Dated by Simms' reference to his lectures before the Smithsonian Institution. His first two lectures, "Poetry and the Practical," were delivered on Feb. 9(?) and