Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 1026a Benson John Lossing >> Page 215

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Transcription DECEMBER 1860 215
it—in good English, after the best models,—and leave the decorative matter to find place where it can. In confidence & Yours truly
W. Gilmore Simms


P. S. Several of these pieces, thus enclosed to you, have never been in print before—all of those which have been previously published, have been carefully rewritten and materially altered &, I trust, amended. You may safely assume that all of them are new to your readers. I will but add that the volume itself will hardly be published till late in December, or early in January.
Yours &c W. G. S.
1026a : To BENSON JOHN LOSSING'
Woodlands, Midway P. O. S. C. Decr. 13. 1860 My dear Mr. Lossing.
I need not say to you that I wish every success to your labours, & would cheerfully contribute all the information in my power as respects the subject of your researches. It is hardly more necessary to add that I should at any time be pleased to entertain you in my country home. I cover to you a letter for Col. Arthur P. Hayne (who was a gallant aid of Gen Jackson during the conflicts in the Southwest), & to the venerable Dr. Johnson, both of Charleston & to Major Laval, either there or at Columbia. He, too, was in the war under Jackson.' But permit me to counsel you to forbear your visit at the present juncture. It would scarcely be pleasant to
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'For Lossing, historian, journalist, and engraver, see introductory sketch.
'Lossing was doing research for his The Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812 ... (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868), issued in twelve parts. Simms' letters to Arthur Peronneau Hayne and William Laval have survived and are included in Vol. IV of The Letters of William Gilmore Simms (1024 and 1025); we have not located Simms' letter to Dr. Joseph Johnson (see note 17, Mar. 15, 1843 11541).