Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Transcription 260 THE SIMMS LETTERS
the South. Has recently published a small vol. of sketches descriptive of the City of Charleston. Was also considered a good writer of Dramatic Criticism. He is now somewhere about 80 years of age; is feeble of health & very poor in fortune. I saw him several times this summer. He came frequently to see me & I counselled him about some literary ventures. He is very much respected; is moral, though unmarried; moral, perhaps, with a caveat—the usual qualifications of bachelor life being understood. His present address is Charleston.' Whether he is related to Judge Cardoza, I can not say.' Please convey my respects to Mr. Verplanck, whom I very much esteem, and whom I should have been very much gratified to have seen this season.
Yours ever in great haste W. Gilmore Simms. James Lawson, Esq.

'Jacob Newton Cardozo (1786-1873) was born in Savannah, Ga., but moved to Charleston in 1796. In 1817 he became acting editor of the Southern Patriot and six years later bought the newspaper and remained its proprietor and editor until 1848. In 1845 he founded the Evening Nees, which he sold two years later, though he continued as commercial editor until he moved to Savannah in 1861. During the Civil War he edited newspapers in Atlanta, Ga., and Mobile, Ala. He wrote for the Savannah Morning News until a year before his death. His book which Simms here mentions is Reminiscences of Charleston (Charleston: J. Walker, Printer, 1866).
'Probably Francis Louis Cardozo (or C,irdo:a), (1836-1901) a freeborn black, who was reputed to he the son of Jacob N. Cardoso and a woman who was half black and half Indian. He was graduated from the University of Glasgow, studied theology in London, and became a Presbyterian minister. An imposing man of elegant manners, he held several important administrative offices in South Carolina, including those of secretary iii state (1865-1 2) and treasurer (1872-1876). He was asked to leave the latter office, wa> convicted of fraud, but was pardoned. He left South Carolina and went to Washington, where he became a clerk in the editing department "d the U.S. Treasury. His father was probably not Jacob N. Cardozo but Jacob's brother, Isaac (1792-1855), .i customs officer in Charleston: the matriculation albums for the Faculty of Arts at Glasgow University for 1858-1861 give his father as Isaac, .~ customs officer in Charleston. We are grateful to Jean S. A. Robertson, Reference Librarian, Unversuv of Glasgow Library, for examining these records for us.