Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Scrapbook F (Part I) >> [Page 3] >> [From our Correspondent]

Item informationTitle: [From our Correspondent]
Genre: Correspondence
Publication informationVolume: F (Part I)
  • Publication date: 1845
  • Date of letter: 1845-08-28

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Digitization Digital collection: William Gilmore Simms Digital Collection
Rights: Digital Copyright © 2013, The University of South Carolina. All rights reserved. For more information contact The South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208
Resource Identifier: SF_18xx_011

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Sources/ReviewsSources consulted by researcher:
  • The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, Vol. 1-5
Composition history Appears to be from the Charleston daily The Transcript, as the masthead is partially visible on the reverse of the clipping.  See note.
Description ''In spite of the excessive heat of the weather, I wan- ...''

Clipping reads: NEW-YORK, Aug. 28.
Notes Position: left

Part of the 1845 Charleston Southern Patriot series.

Mary C. Simms Oliphant and the other editors of the Letters note the existence of a ''series of twenty-four unsigned letters 'From Our Correspondent''' that were ''published in the Southern Patriot during September and October [1845]'' (Letters 2: 102n).  Among the Oliphant papers at the South Caroliniana Library are two notecards that list all of these letters by Simms's composition date, the letter's first line, and date of publication, as well as copies of several of these letters.  These materials are the source for dating this letter and proving its provenance.
According to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project, Jacob N. Cardozo, publisher of the Southern Patriot, concurrently published another paper, called The Transcriptthese two papers are listed as “related titles” by the LoC.  Several of the clippings in the Scrapbooks appear to be reprints of the Southern Patriot correspondence from The Transcript.  We have been unable to obtain the file of The Transcript, which seems to be held only at Harvard University and the American Antiquarian Society.  As such, we cannot conclusively date clippings that appear to be from The Transcript, and these are dated circa the date that same letter appeared in the Southern Patriot