Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 3: No 1) >> An Unpublished Letter of 1862 from Simms to W. J. Rivers >> Page 4

image of pageExplore Inside

Page 4

Correspondence | 1995
Transcription 4
1 Dictionary of American Biography, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York: 1935.
Vol. XV, pp. 633-634. The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, University of
South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC: 1954. Vol. III, p. 55, n. 169.

2 Letters, Vol. IV, p. 393.

3 Letters, Vol. IV, p. 400.

4 I wish to thank James B. Meriwether and Nicholas G. Meriwether for their
assistance with parts of this transcription.

5 Though I have not been able to date this trip to Charleston exactly, it is
reasonable to assume that he made the trip to discuss terms of his insurance with
Insurance Comps of Charleston, who (he writes Hammond on 10 April 1862) "is
now in liquidation. They are about to sell out their assets, and if these are well
sold, I shall probably get something over 2000. With $3000 and my own
resources in workmen and labour, I can rebuild...and this I may attempt before
winter." (Letters, Vol. IV, p. 404.)

6 This letter is unlocated.

7 Latin: Woe to the Conquered.

8 Since Rivers had published A Sketch of the History of South Carolina to the
Close of the Proprietory Government by the Revolution of 1719 in 1856, it would
make sense for the two writers to collaborate on a volume using Simms's
manuscript collection.