The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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of German literature I think you will like--both as it is entertaining, and as it contains information not accessible to general readers. 2 I see that you pay great attention to this latter point in the management of your review --and Mr. Payne's studies and opportunities enable him to "speak scholarly and wisely" 3 on the subject he has undertaken.

The writer of the article whose rheumatism seems to have disgusted him with the things of this world, and more particularly, and the authors of the Talisman think unreasonably, with the article itself, commits it into your hands with a desire that you should take such liberties with it as may suit your notions of propriety or your convenience. If the article be too long omit such passages as may most conveniently be spared--if it contains any thing you do not like expunge it.

I send you in another envelope the printed sheets containing the extracts noted in the manuscript.

Yrs truly
W. C. BRYANT

MANUSCRIPT: HCL ADDRESS: Mr. Jared Sparks / Editor of the N. A. Review / Boston DOCKETED: From/ Wm. C. Bryant/ Dec. 3. / 1827.

1.
"The Talisman for MDCCCXXVIII," NAR, 26 ( January 1828), 258-274.
2.
Payne discussed the influence of the popular German Taschenbücher (pocket books) and Taschenkalender (pocket almanacs) on the vogue for gift-books and literary annuals begun in England with the publication in 1823 of The Forget-Me-Not.
3.
Cf. The Merry Wives of Windsor I.iii.1-3.

193. To Jared Sparks

New York Dec 7th. 1827.

Dear Sir.

I got your letter this morning and enclose the extracts from the Talisman as you request by return of mail. 1 I believe I have sent them all, though from being obliged, with the assistance of Mr. Payne to make them up from memory it is possible that some may be omitted. If so you can vary the phraseology of the manuscript so as not to show the lacuna. You will have no difficulty I think in referring them to their proper places in [the] article--with the exception perhaps of The Butterfly 2 which is not paged-- I believe however that the initial and final words of the poem are given in the manuscript.--

Yrs truly
W. C. BRYANT

MANUSCRIPT: HCL ADDRESS: Mr. Jared Sparks / Editor of the N. A. Review / Boston Mass.tts POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / DEC 8 POSTAL ANNOTATION: PAID 75 DOCKETED: From / Wm. C. Bryant / Dec. 10. 1827.

1.
On December 5 Sparks had acknowledged receipt of Payne's notice of The Talisman and Bryant's review of Dana's poems (see 183.5). Columbia University Li

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