Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Scrapbook E (Part II) >> [Page 44] >> Findings by the Wayside. No. III.

Item informationTitle: Findings by the Wayside. No. III.
Genre: Correspondence
Publication informationVolume: E (Part II)
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  • Date of letter: 1851-07-20


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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: SE2_18xx_111
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    • The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, Vol. 1-5
    Description ''My Dear Reader: The distance, in a direct ...''

    Clipping reads: [double rule] | Editorial Correspondence. | FINDINGS BY THE WAY-SIDE. | No. III. | The Mountain Boy — A Barber-ous Operation | — Old Ned — Corn Cake and Sweet Milk — | Table Rock — The Steps — The Summit — | Mountains — Vales of Saluda and Jocassee | — Brink of the Precipice — The Base — | Greenville | PLANTERS' HOTEL, GREENVILLE, S.C. | July 20, 1851. 
    Notes Position: bottom left, continues across two clippings to bottom right

    This particular clipping appears twice in the scrapbook. The first appears just pages earlier, on [Page 41]. Simms did not paste all of the clippings in Scrapbook E in order, so this letter appears after the ninth one. The clipping is the third in a series of letters that was published in the Gazette. This series, beginning on [Page 39] and continuing through [Page 51], describes the travels of the author, D.H.J., from Charleston, through the Carolinas, and towards the North. Because Charleston is the starting point of D.H.J.'s journey, it is likely that the Gazette to which he refers when he writes, "I no longer address you from the Editorial Bureau of the Gazette," is a reference to the Southern Literary Gazette, which was published in Charleston at this time.  

    D.H.J. is likely an abbreviation of Daniel Harrison Jacques, an assistant editor of the Southern Literary Gazette from 1850-1851, further suggesting that these correspondences were published in the Southern Literary Gazette and written by Jacques. In Vol. 4 of The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, a note appears about Jacques: ''Daniel Harrison Jacques (1825-1877), a native of New Jersey, was for a time assistant editor of the Southern Literary Gazette (see note 43, March 10, 1851). He returned to the North in 1851, but in late 1859 or early 1860 he again moved to South Carolina and purchased a farm in Barnwell District (see note 317, Dec. 5, 1860). During the Confederate War he lived in the North, but in the late 1860's he came back to South Carolina, where he edited the Rural Carolinian (1869-1876), to which Simms was a contributor'' (248). 

    Simms was familiar with Jacques through their work on the Southern Literary Gazette  and the Rural Carolinian. For further information about Simms's thoughts on Jacques, see pages 284-285 in The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, IV.