The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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have written it, and that is Bryant." Life, I, 239n. Nathaniel H. Carter ( 1787-1830, Dartmouth 1811) edited the New York Statesman. Drake, Dictionary of American Biography, p. 166.
The authors of this "letter," published on January 24, went to absurd lengths to prove that Col. Stone's supposed English version, in the Commercial Advertiser, of some French verses showed him to be a clumsy translator. The letter was reprinted in The Writings of Robert C. Sands, in Prose and Verse ( New York, 1834), II, 309.
Charles Edward Dudley ( 1780-1841), British-born mayor of Albany, was chosen in 1829 to fill the unexpired United States Senate term of the newly elected governor of New York, Martin Van Buren.
Lieutenant Governor Enos Thompson Throop ( 1784-1874) became acting governor a few weeks later, when Van Buren went to Washington as Secretary of State.
Halleck "The Recorder, A Poetical Epistle by Thomas Castaly," published in EP, December 20, 1828, satirized Richard Riker, the Recorder of New York City, whom Halleck's employer, Jacob Barker, believed responsible for the prosecution described in Letter 155. This poem contained verses highly complimentary to Bryant. Adkins, Halleck, p. 172; Prose, I, 376-377n.
On January 9 Verplanck wrote Bryant that he hoped to join the Capitol Art Committee in the next Congress, and would then try to "serve my friends as well as the arts." Meanwhile, he thought he might get for Henry Inman "a minor job"--a portrait of Washington "for our hall"--to go with one of Lafayette already hung. N'YPL-BG. But this commission went to John Vanderlyn. John M. Berrien ( 1781- 1856), senator from Georgia, would soon become President Jackson's attorney general. Inman had probably met Berrien during his seven years as an itinerant portrait-painter in the West and South.

205. To Gulian C. Verplanck

New York Feb 9 1829.

Dear Sir.

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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