The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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113. To Jared Sparks

Great Barrington Nov. 29, 1824.

My Dear Sir;

I send the Review of Redwood which I hope will come to your hands in season.-- 1

Your Obt. Servt.
WM. C BRYANT

MANUSCRIPT: HCL ADDRESS: Mr. Jared Sparks.

1.
Sparks replied on December 20 that, though he was much pleased with the review, it was too late for the January NAR, and would have to wait for the April number. NYPL-BG. The manuscript of Bryant's article is unrecovered.

114. To Charles Sedgwick

Great Barrington Dec. 21, 1824.

My dear Sir,--

I finished the work I told you I had undertaken, a day or two before the first of December, and forwarded it immediately. I would have been glad to have had more time for it--but to have delayed it till another number of the N. A. would have been quite too bad--for the Article will be late enough in all conscience--that is if Sparks concludes to print it--and if he does not he will I hope furnish a better.-- 1

Since writing the article I have been twice to New Haven as a witness in an action against one of my neighbours. 2 This must be my apology for not earlier attending to your second call for the Report of partitiong. Comttee. in the case of the Cent. School Dist. in this Town. I have found it in the Register's Office but owing to some mistake of the Agent who left it, it is not recorded--I will send it as soon as it is recorded.-- 3

As for my plans for the future which you are so kind as to inquire about--they are much in statu quo.--I am fixed in my determination to leave this beggarly profession. --I am obliged to you for your counsel to see what I can do in New York and I think I shall reconnoître the ground in the Spring. 4 --Mr. Hillhouse who called on me about three weeks since told me that he thought there would be no obstacles in the way of my success, &c, &c-- 5

I am quite obliged to Mrs. Sedgwick for the honour she is doing me, and am proud of the opportunity of supplying the deficiency in her collection by the Copy of M[onument] M[ountain] which I enclose.-- 6

You have seen I suppose the extract which the last L. Gazette contains from a notice of Redwood in the New Monthly Magazine. 7--Indeed I think it cannot fail to take with the English public: --A faithful picture of our domestic manners drawn by a writer of genius in addition to that celebrity which is created by qualities which must delight at all times

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