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!UNKNOWN LABEL

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1866 May 4
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1866 May 4
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eng
Summary
Letter, 4 May 1866, from William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) of Charleston, South Carolina, to John Esten Cooke (1830-1886) of Frederick County, Virginia, enclosing three reviews of Cooke's works by Simms, two from the CAROLINIAN and one from a weekly published in Selma, Alabama. Simms thanks Cooke for the poem Cooke sent and asks Cooke to try to find more for Simms to include in a work of southern poets. Simms specifically asks for poems by James Barron Hope (1829-1887) and John Reuben Thompson (1823-1873). Includes envelope addressed to Cooke containing a note about the contents on back. Letter was found tipped in a copy of Simms' WAR POETRY OF THE SOUTH, published in 1867
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William Gilmore Simms was born 17 April 1806 in Charleston, South Carolina, to William Gilmore Simms (d. 1830) and Harriet Ann Augusta Singleton (d. 1808). After his mother's death, Gilmore's father left Charleston for Mississippi, and Simms was raised by his maternal grandmother, Jane Miller Singleton Gates (d. 1831). He attended the Charleston city schools for four years, and the College of Charleston for two years. Simms travelled to Mississippi and spent about a year with his father. Upon his return to Charleston, Simms began his literary career as a writer and an editor. He edited THE SOUTHERN LITERARY GAZETTE and THE SOUTHERN QUARTERLY REVIEW, among other magazines. Simms wrote several novels, including THE YEMASSEE, THE PARTISAN, and THE KINSMAN. Simms wrote and edited works on the South and Southern life for over forty years. He served in the South Carolina state legislature from 1844 to 1846. A staunch unionist during the nullification crisis of 1832, by 1860 Simms had become a Southern nationalist and secessionist. He married first Anna Malcom Giles (d. 1832) in 1826, and they had a daughter. He married second Chevillette Eliza Roach in 1836, and they had eleven children. Simms died 11 June 1870 in Charleston and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery, just north of the city.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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1
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Anderson Galleries
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000505013
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leaf.

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