Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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peculiarities, characteristics, &c. If you have ever manufactured any doggrel rhymes for your little boy,' or can descend to the effort, send me some. Bruns has done so, & sent me some very clever ones; and I write to Timrod to do some also in anticipation of the boy forthcoming.' Your reward shall be a copy of the new book for your boy.' Love to Mary, & best regards to your mother.'
W. Gilmore Simms
1110a : To THEOPHILUS HUNTER HILL'
Woodlands, 22 Nov. 1864. My dear Sir:

It would give me great pleasure to comply with your wishes, but this is impossible. I cannot find time to write or revise my own verses, & must content myself with the simple pleasure of reading, very hurriedly, those of other persons. As for pausing to criticise,

'William Hamilton Hayne (1856—1929).
Timrod married Katie Goodwin on Feb. 16, 1864; on Dec. 24, 1864, she gave birth to a son, William ("Willie"), who died on Oct. 25, 1865. See Edd Winfield Parks and Aileen Wells Parks, The Collected Poems of Henry Timrod (Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 11965]), pp. 11—12.
'Simms'"Southern Mother Goose" was in the press of Evans and Cogswell, Columbia, when the city was burned by Sherman's army in Feb. 1865 (see letter to the editors of Southern Society of Oct. 10, 1867 [1274a]). Two letters to Simms from Benjamin F. Evans dated "Sept. 3d. 1864" and "1864" indicate that the firm hoped to have the volume published before Christmas of that year (originals in the Charles Carroll Simms Collection, South Caroliniana Library).
'Mary Middleton Michel Hayne and Emily McElhenny Hayne. See notes 31 and 32, June 22, 1863 (1082).
1110a
'Simms addressed this letter to "Theodore H. Hill, Esq. / Raleigh,—N. C." Perhaps he misread Hill's signature to his letter to him; certainly he could not have been very well acquainted with him, if he knew him at all.
Hill (1836—1901), born near Raleigh, was a teacher and journalist and was also licensed to practice law. His main interest, however, was poetry. His first volume, Hesper and Other Poems (Raleigh: Strother & Marcom, 1861), is reviewed (probably by Simms) in the Charleston Mercury of Jan. 17, 1862: "This is the title of a modest little volume of fugitive poetry, by Mr. Theo. H. Hill, of Raleigh, N. C. ... We have glanced over some of Mr. HILL's verses, and find in them abundant marks of poetic genius, as well as polish and good taste. This is the author's first book, and the fact that he has ventured to publish it in revolutionary times like these, certainly argues that he is full of zeal for the advancement of Southern literature, and of confidence in the success of that great cause." Hill later published two more volumes of verse: Poems (New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1869) and Passion Flower and Other Poems (Raleigh, N.C.: P. W. Wiley, 1883).