Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription JANUARY 1848-1850? 281
spondents to the collections of my friends, whenever the letters themselves were of such a nature as to permit their publication. Those of Mr. Cooper and Mr. Calhoun which I yet retain, are of a character which do not permit of this.' I repeat my regret that I am not able to serve you as you desire.
Very respectfully Yr obt servt. &c
W. Gilmore Simms
John J. French, Esq.
Woodlands, Jan 16. [1848–1850?]'
Col. James Chesnut My dear Sir.
There is a gentleman, a Mr. George Hopkinson, and Englishman of excellent character & education, living at present in or about Camden, in the capacity of a private tutor. In this capacity, he proposes the private study of the Law, and is, I am told, but little in the way of procuring the requisite facilities. I have been applied to by a friend in Charleston, whom I am anxious to oblige, to write to some friend in Camden, & solicit for this young stranger, the usual facilities; and I have been able to think of none to whom I could so confidently refer in such a matter as yourself. I have every reason to believe, from what I hear, that Mr. Hopkinson is a worthy & proper gentleman, of excellent & even distinguished connexions
Only one letter from Cooper to Simms, dated Jan. 5, 1843 118441, is known to be extant. It is printed in James Franklin Beard's The Letters and Journals of James Fenimore Cooper (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1960-1968), IV, 436-439. In a footnote to the letter Beard says that the manuscript had been given by Simms to Israel Keech Tefft. No letters from Calhoun to Simms are known to be extant.
'If the George Hopkinson of this letter is the same as the George Hopkinson who was admitted to the bar in Charleston in 1852 (see Belton O'Neal!, Biographical Sketches of the Bench and Bar of South Carolina [Charleston, S.C.: S. G. Courtenay & Co., 18591, II, 601), this letter was perhaps written in one of these years.