Lenox Jan 29th. 1823.
I, William C. Bryant of Great Barrington in the County of Berkshire & Commth of Massachusetts for a valuable consideration do hereby transfer and convey to Charles Sedgwick, Robert F. Barnard, Thomas Twining Benjamin Sheldon & Henry W. Dwight Esquires the Copy Right of the annexed production, written by me entitled--The Heroes--a Farce, in three Acts. 1
WILLIAM C. BRYANT
Great Barrington Feb. 12, 1823.
The line you sent me last week I did not receive till Wednesday afternoon, when it was handed me by Mr. Griswold; 1 and since that time I have found no opportunity to get a letter to Lenox.
You request me to give you my opinion on the best method of disposing of the farce. I may come too late with what I have to say on that subject--if so let this be a letter of apology.
In the first place then I say-- That the decision of this question must depend very much on the merits of the production. If it is not likely to succeed on the stage my advice is to do nothing with it. I am really so doubtful of my abilities in the department I have attempted, that were you to be of opinion that it would not take with the public, I should be neither disappointed nor mortified in the least, and should cancel a certain paper that I have, 2 as readily as I would blot a bad line out of a poem. Therefore I entreat you to lay aside all respect for the vanity of authorship, in making your decision--and all apprehensions of offending a sensitiveness in regard to their own works which afflicts most writers, and
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Publication information: Book title: The Letters of William Cullen Bryant. Volume: 1. Contributors: William Cullen Bryant II - Editor, Thomas G. Voss - Editor, William Cullen Bryant - Author. Publisher: Fordham University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1975. Page number: 136.
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