The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

By William Cullen Bryant II; Thomas G. Voss et al. | Go to book overview
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If these last sentences are a little dull you need not read them over again.

I remain
with the highest esteem and regard,
Your friend
WILLIAM C. BRYANT.

MANUSCRIPTS: NYPL-GR (final; also draft dated 13 September) ADDRESS: Miss Frances Fairchild / [E]ast Bloomfield / New York.

1.
See Letter 38.
2.
See 1 Henry IV II.iv.362-366.
3.
Cf. Macbeth V.iii.40.
4.
Probably Frances' brother-in-law Charles W. Hopkins, to whom Bryant referred earlier as "Major." See 38.5.
5.
This "spring" must have been recent indeed, for in the draft of this letter written only two weeks earlier Bryant had warned, "I cannot however promise you a very quick market amongst us. Matrimonial business is become very dull here--very dull indeed. None of the young people have been coupled together in the yoke of wedlock since you left us nor do they seem much nearer marrying than they did at that time."
6.
Rev. Samuel Griswold was rector of Saint James's Episcopal Church in Great Barrington from 1805 to 1820. Taylor, Great Barrington, p. 345. Brooks is unidentified.

44. To Willard Phillips1

Great Barrington 26 Oct 1817

Sir

An association of young men amongst us having agreed to take a few of the best literary journals--the North American Review was of course one of the first for which we determined to subscribe-- 2 I have one of the numbers of that work in my possession but do not learn from it the terms nor the mode of its publication-- You will have the goodness to place my name in the list of subscribers and inform me by mail concerning the terms. I will enclose the money to whomever you shall direct--. If three numbers or more compose a volume you may begin at the number for last May--if but two--from the Number for September-- 3

I am much gratified at the high reputation which your journal has attained--and that it continues to increase-- I have been accustomed to consider as an absurdity the idea that the first city in this large empire in point of literature and science could not support one respectable literary Journal--Powerfully sustained as that work is it cannot, I think, fail of the ample success I wish it.-- 4

I am Sir
with much respect
Your obt. Servt--
WILLIAM C. BRYANT

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