Besides if the rest of us are not on the look out Paulding will fill the whole book.
Did you receive some papers in relation to Garcia's case? Will you let me know how it stands at present.--2
Yrs truly W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon. G. C. Verplanck /Member of Congress/ Washington / D. C. POSTMARK: [illegible] POSTAL ANNOTATION: FREE DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant.
N York March 30, 1832
The Sketch Club1 have voted to have an Annual, --something more splendid than any which has yet appeared in this country. There are to be six copper plate engravings of larger size than is common in the American annuals--and several more cuts by Mason for head and tail- pieces. 2 The book is to have a larger page than any other of our Annuals, and but half the matter. Harper is to be asked to publish it--Durand has engaged to superintend the embellishments, and you are to be asked to undertake the superintendence of the literary part. 3 The plan appears to have been got up by Ingham, 4 Durand and Weir, 5 who are full of zeal about it. The corresponding Secretary of the Club was, according to a vote, to write to you on the subject; but as I have been asked and have consented to do it in his stead, you will dispense with that formality. 6 Write me whether you will undertake the business.
Am I right in supposing your friend Barnwell to be the author of the article in the Southern Review on my poems? 7
The authors of the "Book" are suitably vexed and disappointed that you should write nothing for it--and there are loud threats of lugging your name into the preface or some other part of the book, en revanche.
Dr. DeKay came into the office the other day with a Turkish salutation accompanied with an appropriate gesture. Having had an attack of the cholera he is as much a lion here--the joke is his own--as the man