The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon. G. C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington /D. C. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / DEC / 24 DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 249-250.

1.
"Thoughts on Banking," by W. H. Coleman, son of the late publisher of the EP, had been printed in USR, 1 ( December 1826), 190-197. Verplanck's letter presumably reporting the packet's loss is unrecovered.
2.
Bryant tale, "The Cascade of Melsingah," appeared in The Talisman for MDCCCXXVIII, pp. 198-227.
3.
Sands and James Wallis Eastburn dramatic poem "Yamoyden" ( 1820) was accompanied by extensive notes reflecting its authors' research into the tragic history of King Philip of the Wampanoags.
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James Athearn Jones had published a Revolutionary War tale, The Refugee: A Romance, in New York in 1825. In 1829, according to Sands, he was London correspondent for the New York Commercial Advertiser, and had sold his Tales of an Indian Camp to the publisher Colburn for 1,000 guineas. Sands to Verplanck, December 27, 1829, NYHS. When Henry Carey learned of the plagiarisms in this book, he refused to publish it. On December 30 Verplanck wrote Bryant, "I will have the piratical depredation on Mr. Herbert's property punished in a way he little dreams of-- By a singular but agreeable coincidence I received the other day a long & interesting letter from Washington Irving. . . . I shall in my next make a reclamation upon him both in his literary & diplomatic character to have this literary pirate broken up & pilloried by his friend [Thomas] Campbell or some other officer of the London critical police." NYPL-BG.
5.
Sands's attempt to sell the copyright of The Talisman to Carey & Lea for $2,000 soon failed. Sands to Verplanck, May 11, 1830, NYHS. See Letter 212.

212. To Gulian C. Verplanck

New York Jan 11th 1830

Dear Sir

I suppose you may have seen before this something in the city papers or in the Albany Argus 1 on the subject of Mr. Webb's plans to get a law passed giving the printing of all legal notices in the city to the Courier and Enquirer. 2 We published a protest against it on Saturday. 3 We had early notice of what Mr. Webb was going to do and had written to our friends in Albany and had been answered that there was no probability that the legislature would do any thing affecting the interests of the Evening Post. But as the devil would have it, Col. Stone took it into his head to go to Albany for the purpose of "defeating Webb." Before he had been there two days Stilwell4 wrote to us in great alarm urging us to lose no time in making every exertion in our power for that Stone's arrival had made the question a Jackson and Adams question, and there was every reason to fear that Webb would succeed. These letters were received Saturday but since that time we have been informed that Mr. Webb's prospects did not look quite so well. If you have any confidential friend in the Legislature to whom you could write on the subject and who could be made to see the impropriety and injustice of the measure to say nothing of its inexpediency and impolicy, you might do us a service. I have just

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