It however had the effect of disgusting them with Blunt if they were not
disgusted before. The letters published to day, particularly Mr. McDuffie's will set the matter right. The anti-auction party are making a great
noise here but I am not certain that they are very strong; although a good
many of them are valuable subscribers to newspapers. They are however
the only party that show any activity or make any clamour. When you get
here you will be able to judge better than I can. For my part I think that
both they and Mr. McDuffie are clearly in the wrong--but we of the Post
have thought it prudent to take no part in the controversy.
The demand for the Talisman continues--and you must do your
share for another year. Inman has a design illustrating Moore's poem of
the Dismal swamp which I hear spoken highly of, and which he wishes
engraved for the Talisman. Will you pick up from the Virginians some
particulars of the Dismal Swamp while you are at Washington which
some of us may weave into a narrative or make a florid description out
W C BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon Gulian C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington / D. C. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / MAY / 10 POSTAL ANNOTATION:
FREE DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant.
George McDuffie ( 1790-1851) of South Carolina (see 88.3) was the leading
Southern proponent of free trade in the House of Representatives; Joseph Blunt (see
177.4) was a high-tariff man. The letters and articles referred to concerned the national
debate preceding the passage by Congress that month of the "Tariff of Abominations."
See 196.8. The auction of cheap foreign goods imported at a low rate of duty, a state-
licensed monopoly, had by 1828 become so obnoxious to conventional New York merchants that an anti-auction movement of prominent New York City businessmen entered a slate of congressional candidates against Democratic Congressmen Cambreleng
and Verplanck. See
Walter Hugins, Jacksonian Democracy and the Working Class:
A Study of the New York Workingmen's Movement 1829-1837 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1960), pp. 150-151.
Henry Inman ( 1801-1846), popular portrait and figure painter, was from its inception in 1826 until 1830 vice president of the National Academy of Design. He did
six illustrations for the three Talisman volumes. His "The Dismal Swamp," engraved
by Peter Maverick, accompanied Verplanck's article of the same title in The Talisman
for MDCCCXXIX, facing p. 255.
[ New York, June 12, 1828]
I sent on your boxes to Hartford day before yesterday. The freight
to [ N. Y. was] $1.00 the cartage to Thorburn's $.25 and the cartage to the
steamboat $.25. I went to Thorburn's on that morning and found them
just arrived. I directed them as you requested.
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Book title: The Letters of William Cullen Bryant.
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: 269.
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