New York April 20, 1832.
My dear Sir
Your letter seems to have been all powerful with Washington Irving. 1 I sent him a copy of my poems and another to Murray referring him to Irving. On receiving the volume Irving wrote me a letter saying that he would do what he could for me, but he was sorry that I had given the work to Murray who has occasioned him a great deal of trouble in the transactions he has had with him respecting his own works. A few weeks after receiving this letter I got another informing me that Murray declined doing any thing with the work and that it had been placed in the hands of J. Andrews of New Bond Street who was to divide with me any profits that might arise from its publication. Yesterday I received from Mr. Irving a copy of the London edition with Washington Irving's name in the title page as editor, and a dedication to Rogers prefixed to the poems, in which the kindest things are said of them. This was doing so much more than I had any reason to expect that you may imagine the agreeable surprise it gave me. 2
Why do you never write? The Evening Post is in an eclipse since you have withdrawn the light of your countenance. The other papers are ahead of us in the revelation of state secrets and mysteries of policy.
W. C. BRYANT.
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon. G. C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington / D. C. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / [APR] / 20 POSTAL ANNOTATION: FREE DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant PUBLISHED: Life, I, 273.
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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: 326.