Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 849b Joseph Wesley Harper, Jr. >> Page 182

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 182 THE SIMMS LETTERS
Charleston, July 26. [1857)2 My dear Master Joseph.
I will keep your offer under consideration, to be acted on when leisure allows, and I am seized with a specially inventive paroxysm. At this moment, I am dreadfully busy. But, let me tell Uncle Fletcher that love stories, to have any originality, are not easily manufactured, and for such big pages as yours, Ten dollars per page would be little enough. If I do any thing specially fresh & good I should insist upon this sum.' For mere commonplaces such as too much fill our magazines, six would be quite enough & too much too.' If you published an edition of Macaulay's two last vols. in 8 vo. do send me a copy, to match with the two preceding.' Best regards to the Bretheren,6 and my particular respects to your mother, wife and sisters.
Yours very truly
W. Gilmore Simms J. W. H. Jr.
'At this date Harper (see note 15, Jan., 1856 [8021) was in charge of at least some of the correspondence of the firm of Harper and Brothers.
'On the back of this letter is written, probably by Harper, "W. Gilmore Simms./ Jy. 26th. 1857."'Fletcher Harper was the creator of Harper's Weekly, which began publication on Jan. 3, 1857. We cannot attribute to Simms anything published in the periodical.
'Harper and Brothers published a five-volume edition of Macaulay's History of England (1849-1861).
'Fletcher Harper and his brothers, James (1795-1869), John (1797-1875), and Joseph Wesley (1801-1870).