Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 846a Charles Etienne Arthur Gayarre >> Page 178

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 178 THE SIMMS LETTERS
Woodlands, Midway P. O. South Carolina, April 18. [18571' My dear Mr. Gayarre
I see with equal pleasure & surprise, that you have been printing for private distribution, a pamphlet on General Jackson. I feel mortified that you did not include me in your catalogue of recipients. Pray let me reproach you by begging for one.—1 last heard of you as taking a wife.' Let me hope that you are in the full realization of all the lost bliss of Eden—that you are prosperous & happy.

Yours ever truly
Woodlands, Midway P. O. So. Caro. May 7. 1857

My dear Mr. Gayarre

Thanks for your prompt compliance with my request. I have read your pamphlet with a great deal of satisfaction, especially as old Hickorie was a great favorite of mine. Did you ever read my Ballad of Old Hickorie & the Battle of N. Orleans?' You, perhaps, never saw an impromptu of my father, who served with him in the Creek

'Dated by Simms' request for a copy of Gayarre's Sketch of General Jackson: By Himself (New Orleans: Printed for E. C. Wharton, 1857), a pamphlet of twenty-one pages consisting largely of extracts from Jackson's private letters. See letter to Gayarre of May 7, 1857 (846a).
1Gayarre married Annie Sullivan Buchanan (d. 1914), of Jackson, Miss.
'"The Ballad of Old Hickorie" is included in Simms's Poems Areytos or Songs and Ballads of the South with Other Poems (Charleston, S.C.: Russell & Jones, 1860), pp. 42–47; under the title "New-Orleans" it had earlier been published in Early Lays, pp. 73–75. "The Ballad of Old Hickorie" was also published (anonymously) in the Charleston Evening News of July 27, 1854, with the editorial comment that "it is from the pen of a distinguished Southern Poet, and is, in our opinion, one of the most graphic and vigorous 'Ballads' we have ever read."