Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 740a Brantz Mayer >> Page 154

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Transcription 154 THE SIMMS LETTERS
with the present publisher.' Present me with affectionate respect to your wife—& to the family of Mr. Pennington,8 & hold me
Ever truly Yours &c W. Gilmore Simms 740a : To BRANTZ MAYER
Woodlands, Nov. 27. 1854. My dear Mr. Mayer
Your two very grateful letters have only recently reached me, in consequence of a three months vagabondism which has found me every where but at home.' As yet I have not the leisure to do them or you or your book justice. The latter I have not yet been able to read, though it reached my address sometime ago. I did not therefore pen the notice to which you refer, though I fancy it proceeded from a young friend of mine.' I am still in all the confusion of putting my library & studio in order, for the proper beginning of a severe winter campaign. When I have read Canot, I shall endeavour to do justice to its & your merits through some one of our local literary mediums.' It may be that I shall prepare a notice of it in the Review,
'Charles Mortimer. See note 125, Nov. 30, 1853 (683).
'The father of Mrs. Baird, John Penington (1799—1867) was a scholar, biographer, and bookseller. By his wife, Lucetta Davis, he had. in addition to his daughter Elizabeth, another daughter, Mary Lawrence, who married Commodore John Roberts Goldsborough, and a son. Edward. See Frank Willing Leach, "Old Philadelphia Families," North American (Philadelphia), Apr. 26, 1908.
'Simms left Charleston for New York City around July 30, returned to Charleston in early Oct., and had to go immediately to Summerville because of the yellow fever epidemic. He was back in Charleston in early Nov. and at Woodlands on Nov. 15. See his letters for this period.
'We have examined the Charleston newspapers for this period but have been unable to find a review of Mayer's Captain Canot; or. Twenty Years of an African Slaver; Being an Account of His Career and Adventures on the Coast, in the Interior, on Shipboard, and in the West Indies (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1854). The work is referred to in an anonymous article entitled "The Slave Trade" in the Charleston Mercury of Oct. 27, 1854. Possibly this is the "notice" to which Mayer had referred. Which of his young friends Simms thought might have written it we do not know.
'In his letter signed "Lorris" in the Charleston Mercury of Feb. 13, 1855, Simms