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
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.
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.
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.
Parsons did not identify these writers. Among them, the following year, was a Bowdoin College junior, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Manuscript damaged here.
95. To Theophilus Parsons
Great Barrington Jan 19, 1824.--
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.--
With great respect & esteem
Your obt Servt.
WM C. BRYANT.--
| Lester Filley3||
| Robt. F. Barnard|
William B. Saxton
Edward F. Ensign
| Henry W. Bishop||
| Daniel Noble|
Douglass W. Sloane
Chas. A. Dewey
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Book title: The Letters of William Cullen Bryant.
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: 149.
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