Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 811a William Carey Richards >> Page 163

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JUNE 1856 163
with great pleasure that it has gone through its 2nd Edition. I am myself doing nothing—& can do nothing. I have been sick, am bilious & dyspeptic still—need respite, & am overwhelmed with toils. The increasing feebleness of Mr. Roach' devolves upon me a large share of the plantation business, and adds to my anxieties as well as toils. What I may be able to achieve during the summer is problematical. If I can succeed in the preparation of 2 or 3 popular lectures it is as much probably as I shall attempt. Will you, by the way, suggest to me some topics, such as you may suppose would be tolerable to Northern ears? Indicate, please, the sort of topics which they most relish—moral, political, social, historical or what?'—1 rejoice to learn that your church prospers under your hands. I trust that they pay the Preacher decently. I shall be pleased to hear, especially, that this is the case.4—Touching Addison, I have to acknowledge a present from him recently (and a letter)—a pretty little bit of landscape which I have assigned to a high place in my city wigwam.' I shall write him shortly. Make my best regards to Mrs. B. and the fair Alice—when you see her. I am glad to hear that both keep their health, youth & beauty, and still find & furnish food in books.° I have not seen 'Bessie'.' Somehow, nowadays, I
Brown Bradley, of Hudson, N.Y. Under the pseudonym of "Mrs. Manners" she had contributed to her husband's Orion (1842—1844) and Schoolfellow (1849—1857?). Under the same pseudonym she published Aspiration: An Autobiography of Girlhood (New York: Sheldon, Lamport and Blakeman, 1855). She was the author of several other books, including a memoir of her sister, Cousin Alice: A Memoir of Alice B. Haven (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1865). A review of Aspiration (probably written by Simms) was published in the Charleston Mercury of Sept. 3, 1856.
Nash Roach, Simms' father-in-law.
'Simms was planning this lecture tour in Apr. 1856. See letter to Mary Lawson of Apr. 17 (805) and following letters.
'Richards was associate pastor of the Brown Street Baptist Church in Providence, R.I. See note 20, Jan. 28, 1859 (908).
We do not know the subject or whereabouts of this painting. Perhaps Simms took it to Woodlands and it was destroyed when stragglers from Sherman's army burned the plantation house.
°"Alice" was Mrs. Richards's sister, Emily Bradley Neal Haven (1827—1863). Her father died when she was three years old, and she was adopted by her mother's brother, Rev. J. Newton Brown. As "Alice G. Lee" she contributed to Neal's Saturday Gazette and Lady's Literary Miueum, a Philadelphia weekly, and met the editor, Joseph Clay Neal (1807—1847), whom she married in 1846. After his death she, in partnership with Charles J. Peterson, carried on the periodical. She was admired in Philadelphia literary circles for both her intelligence and her beauty.