Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription JANUARY 1858 187


only right, as it certainly is most politic, to make the details sufficiently full to content the public mind. I am governed in this matter by these considerations. If you have not already done so secure the help of John R. Thompson of Richmond, Va. with reference to names of that state. John B. Minor,4 also, (of the same place,) & Edmund Ruffin,' will give you help cheerfully, I think; see also Peter Force of Washington, D. C. Write to I K Tefft, of Savannah, & Hon. E. Starnes' of Augusta, for information touching Georgia names. To Meek (Alex. B.) of Mobile, & A J Pickett,' of Montgomery, for Alabama names; to Gayarre (Ch.) of New Or-leans, and Hon. John Perkins,' for names of Louisiana. To Dr. J. G. Ramsey,9 of Tennessee. But, no doubt you have already arranged your sources of information. As I am compelled, from the variety of my labours, to work desultorily, you will please advise me seasonably of what you require & what you would dispense with. I enclose you some notices of your new publications, published editorially in the Ch. Mercury.
Yours truly
W. Gilmore Simms


One of the vols. of the Debates in Congress, for which I wrote to you as never having reached me & which you said you would for-

'John Barbee Minor (1813—1895) was professor of law at the University of Virginia and the author of various books on law.
'Ruffin (1794—1865), agriculturist and publisher, was so ardent a secessionist that he went to South Carolina and was given the privilege of firing the first gun on Fort Sumter. He later shot himself because he was unwilling to live under the government of the United States.
'Ebenezer Starnes (1810—1870) served Georgia as a member of the legislature, attorney general, judge of the Superior Court and associate justice of the Supreme Court. He was the author of several books, including The Slaveholder Abroad; or, Billy Buck's Visit, with His Master, to England . . . (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1860), a reply to Uncle Tom's Cabin.
'For Albert James Pickett, see note 1, Apr. 14, 1847 (369a).
'John Perkins, Jr. (1819—1885), New Orleans lawyer, was a member of Congress (1853—1855) and later served in the Confederate States Senate (1862—1865). Simms dedicated Eutaw to him.
lames Gattys McGready Ramsey (1797—1884), physician and historian, was the author of The Annals of Tennessee . . . (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1853).