Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 949b Williams Middleton >> Page 207

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription NOVEMBER 1859 207

name, you should not withhold yourself from politics, seeking a proper field.' With best wishes for you every way, believe me Very truly Yours &c
W. Gilmore Simms

Williams Middleton Esq.
Excuse this spotted paper & hurried scrawl; but I am in the thick of packing up.
Woodlands S. C. Nov. 2. 1859. My dear Mr. Middleton.
I wish a brief biographical notice of Henry Middleton, author of a vol. on "The Government & the Currency." Will you furnish it to me in the course of a few weeks? The period & place of birth; the several writings, with their several titles;—these & whatever other details you may think proper to give; and with as few comments as possible. I wish these for a notice in the American Cyclopaedia.' Let me also remind you of your promise to give me a similar notice of Mr. Middleton, the artist, of whose performances
'Simms probably has in mind Middleton's grandfather, Arthur Middleton (1742-1787), signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his great-grandfather, Henry Middleton (1717-1784), second president of the Continental Congress. Williams Middleton's father, Henry (1770-1846), was also a distinguished public servant: he served in both houses of the state legislature, was governor of South Carolina, represented his state in Congress, and was for a number of years minister to Russia.
'Henry Middleton (1797-1876), Williams Middleton's brother, was born in Paris. He was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1815, but in July 1816 he resigned his commission. He began the study of law and was called to the bar in 1822. Soon afterwards he left for Europe and resided for a long time in England and France. He was the author of several works of a political nature, among them The Government and the Currency (Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, 1844; a new edition "with alterations" was published by C. B. Norton, New York, in 1850), which denied the right of the federal government to issue paper money. An account of him is included in Appleton's Cyclopa?dia.