The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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Faxon, Literary Annuals and Gift-Books ( Boston: Boston Book Company, 1912), pp. xi-xii.
4.
The Atlantic Souvenir for 1826 was the first American gift-annual. The Talisman for MDCCCXXVIII, described by Bryant in this letter, was the second--followed closely by the Boston Token. Thompson, American Literary Annuals, pp. 1, 49, 56.
5.
Dana had found a publisher elsewhere, and on October 18 Jared Sparks wrote asking Bryant to review The Buccaneer, and Other Poems ( Boston, 1827). NYPL-BG. Bryant's article appeared in NAR, 26 ( January 1828), 239-247.

184. To Charles Folsom

N Y Aug. 13 1827.

Dear Sir

I send you a critical notice of Sismondi1--a sonnet 2 & the rest of the story 3--There are several books lately published here of which I think I shall have some notices for yr. next--The Baroness of Reidesdel--[Mde?] Haufert &c. 4

yrs truly
[unsigned]

Hope Leslie I suppose I shall have a review of by & by--

MANUSCRIPT: BPL ADDRESS: Charles Folsom Esq / Editor of the U. S. Review / Care of Bowles & Dearborn / Boston / Politeness of / Mr. I. H. Buckingham.

1.
[Bryant] Notice of J. C. L. Sismonde de Sismondi, Historical View of the Literature of the South of Europe, trans. Thomas Roscoe ( New York, 1827), USR, 2 ( September 1827), 467-468.
2.
[Bryant] "A Power is on the Earth and in the Air,"ibid., 460. See Poems ( 1876), p. 152, where the poem is entitled "Midsummer."
3.
Bryant "Narrative of Some Extraordinary Circumstances." See 180.2.
4.
Neither of these was noticed in the USR.

185. To Frances F. Bryant

[ New York, August 21, 1827]

My dear Frances.

I enclose you $25.00 that you may be able to make such arrangements as you please about your boarding house. It is possible, though not certain, that I may come up the latter part of the week and if you go to another place I wish you to let me know where without delay. The reason for my not coming at present is that I am busy correcting the translation of Mignet which is printing, 1 and besides, young Coleman2 is absent on a journey. If you should leave the place where you are let me beg you to remember that you are in a village, and to say not a syllable to any living soul about the place you have left. 3

I have found 3 Bedticks which I took to Mrs. Van Polanen's last evening. If they are not the right ones let me know without delay. As to the length of the sofa do as you please. I should like however to have it pro

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