The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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shall be entirely satisfied. I hope, at least, that you will think my assistance of sufficient value to entitle me to receive the "Gazette," as it comes out.

On such conditions I will send to the publishers of your [work in th]e course of the year, the number of poems you men[tion. In] 4 the mean time you will permit me to express the hope that your undertaking may be successful. I have no doubt that it will be so; the demand for such things is increasing, and what is of more consequence they are getting into better hands.

I am Sir
Yr. obt. humble Servt.
WM. C. BRYANT.

MANUSCRIPT: BPL ADDRESS: Theophilus Parsons Esq. / Boston〉 / Taunton / Bristol County POSTMARK 〈(in script): Great Barrington December 29th / 12½〉 : BOSTON / MS / JAN / 1 POSTAL ANNOTATION: 10.

1.
Theophilus Parsons ( 1797-1882, Harvard 1815), lawyer and editor of the Taunton, Massachusetts, Free Press, later edited the New England Galaxy, a Sunday newspaper, at Boston. From 1848 to c 1869 he was Dane Professor of Law at Harvard.
2.
Parsons wrote Bryant on December 19 that he would edit a new periodical, the United States Literary Gazette, and was "very anxious" to have Bryant's contributions: "If you can confer upon me this great favour, will you have the goodness to inform me, how much money I may have the pleasure of sending you for ten or twenty pieces of poetry to be sent to Cummings, Hilliard & Co., in the course of the ensuing year." NYPL-GR.
3.
Parsons did not identify these writers. Among them, the following year, was a Bowdoin College junior, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
4.
Manuscript damaged here.

95. To Theophilus Parsons

Great Barrington Jan 19, 1824.--

Dear Sir--

Yours of the 6th I received on the 16th. 1 --Below I give you a list of persons who are as likely to take the Gazette as any I can think of in these parts;--and on the other side of the leaf I send you a little poem for your first No., if you receive it in season.-- 2

With great respect & esteem
Your obt Servt.
WM C. BRYANT.--

Lester Filley3 } Otis
Robt. F. Barnard
William B. Saxton
Edward F. Ensign
Sheffield
Henry W. Bishop } Richmond
Daniel Noble
Douglass W. Sloane
Chas. A. Dewey
Chester Dewey
Eben. Kellogg
Williams-
town

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