Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription MARCH 1862 227 1068h : To GEORGE WILLIAM BAGBY
Woodlands, Midway P. O. March 24. 1862. Dr. G. W. Bagby.
My dear Sir:
My friend & neighbour, Gen. D. F. Jamison, the President of the S. C. Convention,' has, at my instigation, written a very elaborate work the interest & character of which you will readily gather from the title. It is "The Life & times of the famous Baron, Bertrand du Guesclin." It carries us back to the days of Froissart, the Black Prince, Peter the Cruel, &c.2 The author has made it a labour of love, and has delved deeply among the old French chronicles. His style is clear & manly; simple & direct; without floridity, totally ambitionless, & with a touch of that quaintness which gives its flavour to Froissart. In the present condition of the country, it is hardly possible to publish the book per se, and I am trying to persuade him to suffer its publication serially, in a publication like yours. It will make some 350 of your pages, & might profitably run through a year; to he afterwards embodied in an independent volume. I can answer for it as quite suited to the Messenger, and as full of curious interest & instructive incident. A little persuasion from you,—provided that the matter is desirable to you,—would no doubt induce his consent. He requires no compensation, and would be content with 50 copies extra, for distribution among his friends. And, by the way, your publishers, West & Johnson, might well strike off an edition from your plates. Such a publication would be a novelty in the South, and would contribute much to its character for erudition. I am of opinion that such a
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'David Flavel Jamison was elected president of the Secession Convention when it met in Columbia on Dec. 17, 1860.
'Bertrand du Guesclin (c. 1320—1380), one of the ablest captains of the Hundred Years War, supported Henry of Trastamara (1333—1379) against Peter "The Cruel" (1333—1369), king of Castile, and in 1366 helped put Henry on the throne of Castile. He was defeated and captured by Peter's ally, Edward the Black Prince (1330—1376), in 1367. Ransomed, he fought once more for Henry. In 1370 he returned to France and was for almost ten years occupied in fighting the English. Froissart is, of course, Jean Froissart (1337?—1410?), the chronicler.