Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 735a Howard Putnam Ross >> Page 151

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription NOVEMBER 1854 151 735a : To HOWARD PUTNAM Ross'
Summerville, So Caro.' Oct. 13. 1854 Sir:
Your letter of 22d Aug. asking for my autograph, has only reached me within the last two days, in consequence of my absence from the state for the last two months.' I cheerfully send you my sign manual; but, as for a sentiment, I am in pretty much the condition of the needy knifegrinder, and must answer in his language, with "Story, God bless you, I have none to tell, Sir."'
With respects, Yr obt servt &c.
W. Gilmore Simms Howard Putnam Ross, Esq.
Woodlands Nov. 20 [1854]' My dear Harry
I have only within a few days recieved your letter of 23d. ulto. Heaven knows where it has been all this while. Its contents some-
'The cover of this letter gives Ross's address as Albany, N.Y. Kenneth H. MacFarland, Librarian Emeritus of the Albany Institute of History and Art, writes us that Ross was the son of William H. and Harriet Putnam Ross. William was in the lumber business by himself and with various partners from 1833 until 1870, when he retired. Howard was in the lumber business as H. P. Ross and Co. from 1858 until 1861, when he became a partner with his father and brother (Edward A.) in the firm of William H. Ross and Sons. He retired in 1875. We have been unable to discover the dates of his birth and death.
'Simms had gone to Summerville because of the epidemic of yellow fever in Charleston. See note 1, Nov. 27, 1854 (740a).
'Simms had been in New York City. See note 1, Nov. 27, 1854 (740a). 'George Canning, "The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder," line 21.
'Dated by Simms' references to the death of Henry Hope Reed (see note 4, below) and to his plan to withdraw from the editorship of the Southern Quarterly Review.