Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 1858-1866
Woodlands Midway P. O. So. Caro Jany. 1, 1858.
The best auspices of the New Year upon you!—I enclose you a few additional mems. of which you may make use of what you please.' I enclose you a list also, of distinguished persons, locally of high repute, of North Carolina; you will please mark with an asterisk (') such as you have not, and send the mem. back to me. All these notices will be short, & it will be advisable to include most, if not all of these names. I have brought the list down to the letter H.—I expect to visit Charleston in February, & when there will procure the facts in the lives of Grimke, Hayne, Hamilton &c.2 Do not fail to get Forsyth of Georgia, one of the most accomplished masters of fence, in partisan politics, that this country has ever known) You will please advise me as to the degree in which what I have sent you satisfies. I endeavour to make them as short as possible; but where there is great local popularity, it is perhaps
'Simms was helping D. Appleton and Company, New York, secure biographical information for The New American Cyclopa?dia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge, ed. Charles Anderson Dana and George Ripley, 16 vols. (1858—1863).
'John Faucheraud Grimke (1752—1819), prominent South Carolina lawyer and judge and the author of several books on law; Col. Isaac Hayne (1745—1781), Revolutionary soldier hanged by the British, or Robert Young Hayne (see note 3, Aug. 16, 1853 [670a1); and James Hamilton (1786—1857), a native of Charleston, who was a member of Congress (1822—1829) and governor of South Carolina (1830—1832) and in 1855 moved to Texas.
'John Forsyth (1780—1841), a native of Virginia, moved to Georgia at an early age. A graduate of Princeton, he was admitted to the bar in Georgia in 1802. He was at various times a member of Congress, senator from Georgia, and minister to Spain. In 1834 Jackson appointed him secretary of state, and he held this position for the remainder of Jackson's term and through the administration of Van Buren. As an orator, he is said to have had few equals, and his oratorical contest with John Macpherson Berrien at Milledgeville, Ga., in Nov. 1832 on the subject of nullification (approved of by Forsyth) was famous in its day.
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