The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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ton that week independent of other reasons. --As the Supreme Court is in session next week at Lenox you will see the propriety of my staying at home the present week-- 2 besides--though I should be happy to see my friends--I do not much relish Williamstown Commencements--nor indeed any thing that belongs to that place or that 〈beggarly〉 institution-- You will therefore have the goodness to excuse me from attending --especially as I hope before long--at some time when there is no prospect of having any thing else to do, to have the pleasure of seeing my friends in Hampshire.-- 3

I have been in tolerable health this summer-- I think I can [perceive] a gradual augmentation of my business. The gentlemen of our profession on the frontiers of Massachusetts are often employed to collect demands for creditors living [in] adjoining states which is not only a profitable but pleasant branch of our business. I have formed some acquaintances in the State of New York who already begin to be of use to me.--

Excuse the brevity of my letters.

[unsigned]

MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft) ADDRESS: Dr. Peter B[ryant].

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Letter unrecovered.
2.
At the September 1817 term of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Bryant had been admitted to practice as an "Attorney" before that court, which meant that he might manage, but not argue, cases. At the September 1819 term he was admitted to full status as a "Counselor." Berkshire Eagle, June 20, 1878, quoted in Bigelow , Bryant, pp. 37-38.
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That Cullen's youthful antipathy toward the college where he had spent only eight months as a sophomore should have persisted so long is surprising, particularly in view of the fact that only a year later Williams College awarded him an honorary Master of Arts degree (diploma, dated September 1, 1819, in Homestead Collection).

54. To Edward T. Channing1

Great Barrington 6 Sept. 1818

Dear Sir

I am much gratified with the favourable reception that my contribution to the North American Review has met with from the proprietors of that work, as well as with the obliging manner in which it has been communicated to me, and feel myself happy if I may be esteemed to have done any thing for the literature of my country. 2 In the mean time I may occasionally attempt something for your journal, and lend such assistance as might be expected from one situated as I am,

--Musis procul et Permesside lymphâ, 3

distant from books and literary opportunities, and occupied with a profession which ought to engage most of my attention. I have tried to write an essay for your next number, but could not satisfy myself. There is hardly any spot in the department of Essays unoccupied. With respect to

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