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A. B. Meek Letter, 1845
Alexander Beaufort Meek (1814-1865) was a noted politician, lawyer, and writer from Alabama. He was selected to be the Attorney General of Alabama in 1836, a position he held for six months. He also served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1846 to 1849. He wrote several books, including The Red Eagle: A Poem of the South (1855) and Songs and Poems of the South (1857). He died in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1865.
William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was also an esteemed politician and a writer. He was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1844 to 1846 and he authored works such as The Yemassee (1835), History of South Carolina (1840), The Wigwam and the Cabin (1845), and The Cassique of Kiawah (1859). He resided in Charleston, South Carolina, where he passed away in 1870.
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The A. B. Meek letter, 1845, written to William Gilmore Simms of Charleston, South Carolina, contains information regarding an invitation for Meek to stay with Simms on his way to Alabama. The letter also concerns Meek's observations about Simms' new book, The Wigwam and the Cabin, which was published in 1845.
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