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The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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somewhat prosaic. There are also some verbal changes which might be made to great advantage. I am exceedingly desirous to publish the poem but I think that it should first be revised, and that those parts which are evidently inferior to the rest should be abridged and compressed. The poem should be given to the public divested of every thing that could weaken the effect of the better portions. Mr. Tone should do this as an act of justice to his own powers. 1

I showed your order for a copy of the Atlantic Souvenir to young Mr. Wiley. 2 He would not understand it as an order for the absolute delivery of the volume, and would suffer me to take it only on condition of returning it. I took it--made a notice of it for the next No. of the U. S. Review--and handed it back to him.--It is certainly got up better than the last year's, and cannot fail of success. 3 I am Gentlemen

with great respect
yr Obt humble Svt.
W. C. BRYANT

MANUSCRIPT: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania ADDRESS: Messrs H. C. Carey: & I Lea. ENDORSED: Recd & Ansd Oct 27.

1.
See 153.7.
2.
John Wiley, son of the late New York bookseller Charles Wiley, was apparently handling local sales of The Atlantic Souvenir.
3.
Notice of The Atlantic Souvenir for 1827, USR, 1 ( November 1826), 144-150.

153.To Edward Wigglesworth

New York October 1 6 1826.

Dear Sir

I have just arrived at New York. 2 I received your letter while in the country nearly a week since, but have hardly had time to reflect on its contents until now. 3

If Mr. Gray and Mr. Folsom are agreed I have no objection to increasing the fund for the payment of contributions another hundred dollars. The amount of matter which [you would] be obliged to furnish by the present arrangement appears from your estimate to be considerably greater than I had supposed it would be.

I shall very shortly send on the matter I may collect for the Nov No. I shall send a notice of Mr. Brooks Phi Beta Kappa poem 4--another of the Atlantic Souvenir [for] 1827--and one of Count Segur's Four Ages of Life. I have also hopes of getting an article from Mr. Wm. Ware on Alexander's Canon of the Old and New Testaments.-- Monday October 5 9th--

I got yours of the 5th. as postmarked while writing this--and I have delayed finishing it until I could enclose the poetry for the next No. I. have altered Mellen's poem a little.-- The Night Scenes I have made as

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