Letter, 29 Oct. , (Charleston, S.C.) from| Manuscripts Gifts 2006 | Front Page 2006 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
William Gilmore Simms to [Joseph Clay Neal?
Letter, 29 October , of W[illiam] Gilmore Simms is datelined Charleston, South Carolina, and although the correspondent is not identified by name the missive was possibly directed to Philadelphia publisher Joseph Clay Neal. | Manuscripts Gifts 2006 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
“Your letter of 14 Ult. has found me at last after a prolonged pursuit from South to North, & from North to South again,” Simms writes, also noting his regret at not having been able to visit during his most recent trip to New York. “For yourself, you will please believe that our interview was quite as grateful to myself as to you; & I shall not scruple to tax your services should occasion need.”
The two-page postscript expresses Simms’ appreciation “that my little volume of verse gave you pleasure” and his hope that the recipient might “marry some of my rhymes to your music.” “In truth,” Simms goes on to say, “I am a little solicitous about my reputation as a Poet. Poetry I hold to be my forte - superceded in the public mind somewhat by the good fortune which has usually attended my prose publications.”
Questioning whether his correspondent had noted “my visions from the Bible in our friend Godey’s Book,” Simms notes that he had “a collection of some 25 such, with three or four scripture narratives and some moral & religious poems beside...for which I should like if Godey & yourself would find me a publisher. It would make a good Christmas or Easter publication, and I would give an Edition of 1000 for 100 copies.”