whether you would oblige us by permitting it to be inserted in your January number provided you should like the article. Will you be good enough to inform me soon?
I have received the entire sheets of Dana's poems--and will have the article ready in season. It will not however be possible for me to make a very long one owing to my other engagements.--
WM. C. BRYANT
P. S. If you think you can insert the article on the Talisman for so our work is to be called--it will be sent on as early or earlier than mine.--
MANUSCRIPT: HCL ADDRESS: Mr. Jared Sparks / Editor of the N A Review / Boston DOCKETED: From / Wm. C. Bryant / Nov. 12 / 1827.
[ New York, November 16, 1827]
My dear Sir
I have just received your letter. I believe I did not explain to you fully the plan of the Talisman, and in what respect it is unlike the other works you mention. 1 The Talisman then, is written wholly, with the exception of three small poetical pieces, by the three persons mentioned in my last. We look upon it as a very different thing from those pretty miscellanies which are made up of contributions, solicited from a thousand sources, and which, being regarded as a kind of New years toy, are scarce ever made the subjects of very serious criticism. It resembles them in its accidents, being an 18mo and bound up with engraving, but intrinsically it is quite another matter. It is meant to be such a thing as the Sketch Book would be if published in that shape, 2 or rather like the Salmagundi, for that was written by three, 3 or like the Scriblerus papers put into a neat little volume and embellished with plates. 4 We should therefore feel the same reluctance to being reviewed in the same article with the Atlantic Souvenir which is no great matter in a literary point of view, or with the other works got up in the same miscellaneous way, as you would at seeing your Life of Washington5--from which I wish you a great increase of reputation and great emolument--reviewed in the same article with the Beauties of History.
But if the difficulty cannot be got over in any other way we should prefer that the Talisman should not be spoken of at all in the January number, but that the notice if it appears at all should be delayed to the next--though it is of some consequence that the work should be noticed early.
If you think that the objections to admitting a notice of the work separately are removed by any thing I have said I should be glad if you would let me know. If I hear nothing from you I shall take it for granted
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Publication information: Book title: The Letters of William Cullen Bryant. Volume: 1. Contributors: William Cullen Bryant II - Editor, Thomas G. Voss - Editor, William Cullen Bryant - Author. Publisher: Fordham University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1975. Page number: 254.