The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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at 88 Canal Street. And to day, not having received any answer to my first letter which I fear may have miscarried, I write to say that I think you may as well come in without any delay. The weather is become quite cool--and you will find things very convenient here--and I am impatient to have you and Frances with me.-- 2

Yours affectionately


Bryant mistakenly wrote "Great Barrington."
Although Frances implied that she and Fanny stayed at Jamaica until the end of November, it seems more probable that they returned to New York soon after this appeal, for no further letters to her from her husband that autumn have been recovered. See her "Autobiographical Sketch," NYPL-GR.

140. To George Bancroft

New York Sept 19 1825.

My dear Sir

I have received your article on Everett "Orations", read it and handed it to the printer. 1 Dr. Anderson has seen it, and agrees with me in thinking the style as spirited and eloquent as the thoughts are ingenious and just. I found the word transitory twice in one sentence, used in such a manner that I was convinced that there must have been a slip of the pen, and therefore took the liberty to substitute another word. I have also omitted the clause where, speaking of the poet who should write what would be the best of its kind, you say, "the maritime cities will vie with each other to secure his presence." As I sometimes write poetry myself, and am lately removed to the principal maritime town in the United States, a reader who was not very charitably disposed, and who was ignorant that you were the author of the article might make these words the subject of a mischievous construction. Except these alterations which I am convinced you would have made had you been here I have changed nothing; indeed there was nothing which could be changed for the better.

As for the Polyglott Grammar 2--do as you judge proper about reviewing it. The only reason that I can see for doing it is the pretensions which the author makes to learning &c.--and it is proper enough to put down such pretensions when they are empty ones. A short notice of the work, briefly exposing its worthlessness, would answer every purpose, should you think proper to write at all.

I am sir
yrs. truly


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