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“Memoranda for Mr. [George Palmer] Putnam,”
   [ca. 1846], signed by William Gilmore Simms

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Manuscript, [ca. 1846], signed by South Carolina writer W[illiam] Gilmore Simms is titled “Memoranda for Mr. Putnam,” presumably George Palmer Putnam, and makes several requests of Putnam upon his return to London.

Writing throughout in the third person, Simms first asks that Putnam secure for him copies of “The Yemassee & Guy Rivers… published by a house named Newman....if not too expensive.” Likewise, he writes, “Mr. S’s novels in several instances were published in the novel newspaper - including Guy Rivers, The Yemassee, Beau¬champe, Richard Hurdis and others, all of which Mr. S. would like to peruse if possible, & if the cost be not great.” Simms further requests that “copies of ‘Sonnets’ & ‘Areytos’” be delivered by Putnam “to certain English authors,” with specific instructions that British poet and publisher Edward Moxon be furnished a copy of his collected sonnets. Then, “if Mr. M. would be pleased to try an English Edition of the collection, Mr. S. would furnish him with some fifteen or twenty additional Sonnets, making the series complete.”

Lastly, Simms writes that “Sheets of the Life of Capt. John Smith, the Founder of Virginia - a work to be published here in October, will be placed in the hands of Mr. P. as soon as ready. Mr. S. would like to have the work put forth by some good London publisher. His expectations from this edition would be moderate. For the ‘Sonnets,’ he would expect nothing but a few copies, and the beginning of an acquaintance with Mr. Moxon.”

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