The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

By William Cullen Bryant II; Thomas G. Voss et al. | Go to book overview

and in all countries, must have, with English readers, the more piquant and popular attraction of novelty and of the promise it holds forth of gratifying a curiosity in relation to our Country that is every moment more & more stimulated. --In the mean time, I am gratified at seeing so many handsome things said of it on both sides of the water--and must confess that the other day it gave me no little pleasure to see in a letter from a certain literary gentleman at the eastward an apprehension expressed that Miss Sedgwick was in some danger of remaining stationary in her literary progress from the indiscriminate commendation as he called it, bestowed upon her last work-- It was a remark that showed at least that the book was in great favour with the public. 8

Yrs. truly
W C BRYANT

MANUSCRIPT: Pierpont Morgan Library ADDRESS: Charles Sedgwick Esq / Lenox PUBLISHED: Charles I. Glicksberg, "Bryant and the Sedgwick Family," Americana, 31 ( October 1937), 630-631.

1.
See 113.1. Bryant was then obviously unaware that publication of his Redwood notice would be delayed until April 1825.
2.
Details of this case are unrecovered.
3.
See Letter 104.
4.
Charles Sedgwick had written Bryant soon after reversal of the Bloss-Tobey verdict (see 92.2) that though the Law was a "hag" with the "wrinkled visage of antiquity," full of "tricks in practice which perpetually provoke disgust," he would regret to see his friend quit the profession; yet he would respect Bryant's decision to seek a literary career, and suggested he ask help from Henry and Robert Sedgwick in New York. November 5, 1824, NYPL-BG. On December 15 he simply asked if Bryant had yet formed a plan. NYPL-BG.
5.
James A. Hillhouse ( 1789-1841, Yale 1808, M.A. 1811) of New Haven had recently spent three years as a hardware merchant in New York City, where he had been an intimate of Cooper, Halleck, and other writers, as well as a friend of the Sedgwick brothers. He had recently brought Bryant at Great Barrington the manuscript of his verse drama, "Hadad," asking for it a critical reading. Hillhouse to Bryant, October 1, 1824, NYPL-BG.
6.
Elizabeth Sedgwick had been clipping Bryant's poems as they appeared in the USLG, and her husband had mislaid "Monument Mountain." Charles Sedgwick to Bryant, December 15, 1824, NYPL-BG.
7.
A British periodical ( 1814-1884) then edited by the poet Thomas Campbell.
8.
The "literary gentleman" was Richard Dana, who had written, "The danger is . . . that Miss S----- will be injured by indiscriminate praise, rather than by too much censure." Dana to Bryant, November 16, 1824, MHS.

115. To Theophilus Parsons

Great Barrington Dec 30, 1824.

My dear Sir--

I have received a letter from you enclosing a check on the U. S. Bank for $200.--, for sending which I am much obliged to you. 1 In the

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