New York Feb 9 1829.
You are to be accommodated in the matter of a view near Albany. Mr. Morse has a sketch. I have not seen it but Neilson who is the regularly employed connoisseur of the work says it is the thing. 1 We had a chase after Rebecca, Allston's picture, but could not find it. Neilson seems to think there may be some difficulty in getting the picture from Winthrop and getting it properly engraved. 2
As to what you call the test of the favour of the Talisman with the public--the sale--I am sorry that I cannot speak very encouragingly. It is so slow that poor Bliss is very much disappointed. He has golden hopes however of the next year's volume. Somebody has promised to take 50 copies of him to send out to England--Wardell of Philadelphia I believe. 3 And then the work is to be in the market in season to stand a fair competition with the earliest of the annuals. The necessity of putting the designs immediately into the hands of the engravers will oblige us rather to illustrate their designs than to have designs illustrating what we write. We shall have enough to do, I fancy, after your return to finish the literary part of the work by the 1st of July.
Did you see a learned article in the Post the other day about Pope Alex. VI and Cesar Borgia? Mat. Patterson undertook to be saucy in the
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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: 275.
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