Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 242 THE SIMMS LETTERS 1141b : To JAMES A. H. BELL'
Charleston, S. C. Decr. 18. [1865]2
James A. H. Bell, Esq. My dear Mr. Bell.
Very many thanks for the little volume which you sent me of the Lives of the Pirates,'& for the pretty copy of Landor. Do you know that I once edited a collection of the fine things from Landor, which was lost in the hands of a Publisher.' He was one of my favorites.—I have no doubt that I shall be able to glean something from the Pirates, for the work I have in contemplation.'
I very much regret having missed seeing you before I left your city. But my time was terribly occupied, & my frequent absences up the river, materially abridged that which I might have given to society. Let me hope that I shall be better able next summer (D.V.) to seek & see the friends to whom I owe so much kindness. With best wishes for your health & prosperity believe me
Truly yours
W. Gilmore Simms
The Brooklyn City Directory for 1865 lists Bell as the owner ut the James A. H. Bell White Lead Works at the corner of Hicks and Nelson Streets..ifter 1870 he is no longer listed. During the 1860s Brooklyn produced more white lead than any other city or town in the United States, and this industry was one of the leading commercial activities of the city. We would like to thank Anthony Cucchiara of the Long Island Historical Society for this information.
'Dated by Simms' remark about the work on pirates which he has "in contemplation." See note 5, below.
`On Oct. 29, 1869, Simms wrote to Duvckinck (1377): "With enough money in hand, to my credit, please see (Henry' Kemot, pay him for the copy, put aside for me, of Johnsons Lives of the Pirates...." Capt. Charles Johnson's A General History of the Pyrates . . ., 2 vol.. (London: T. Warner; T. Woodward, 1724-1725), therefore, could not he the book which Bell sent him. We are unable to identify it.
For Simms' proposed edition of Landor, see letters to Baird of Mar. 17, Apr. 14, June 9, July 17, 1854, and Oct. 14, 1855 (705, 708, 716, 725, and 792).
`For Simms' unfinished romance, "The Brothers of the Coast," see note 118, Sept. 9, 1865 (1133).