The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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with in Great Britain, as well as much of the kindness with which it is regarded in this country.

I am Sir,
very gratefully & truly

MANUSCRIPT: Carl H. Pforzheimer Library ADDRESS: Washington Irving Esq. / New York POSTMARK: [PHILA / 22?] MAY POSTAL ANNOTATION: PAID 12½ DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant / Phila May 22, 1832 PUBLISHED: Life, I, 274.

Leaving New York on the morning of May 22 on his way to visit his brother John in Illinois, Bryant had been unaware of Irving's arrival the previous day after seventeen years' residence in England and Europe. He missed the testimonial banquet to Irving at the City Hotel on May 30, and evidently the two men did not meet that summer during the three-week period between Bryant's return and Irving's departure on the western journey told of in A Tour on the Prairies ( 1835). See Pierre Irving, The Life and Letters of Washington Irving ( New York, 1864), II, 258.

241. To Gulian C. Verplanck

Baltimore May 23 1832.

My dear Sir.

It may be well for me to apprise you that I am on my way to Illinois in order that if you should have any thing for the information of the public through our journal before Congress rises you may address it to Mr. Leggett.

Poor Bliss you may have heard has failed. The accident happened about three weeks since. The worthy Doctor is very much distressed, and makes though in somewhat better English, the complaint of the poor Frenchman who was pestered by Monsieur Tonson "Oh dear I will get some sleeps--nevair!" Sleep in short has departed from his lids and the books are disappearing from his shelves--for he is paying some of his creditors in books, 10 shillings in the pound. He had sold enough of my books to be somewhat in my debt. 1

The Hexade for that is the title of the new book to which you are understood to be a contributor is in the press. The first volume is printed, and the second I suppose will be finished very shortly. Sands has written a satirical story for it in which the poetical critic in the Quarterly is not spared. 2

The Convention here have made a better job of it I believe than they expected--better certainly than I feared they would do. 3 If the Senate and House of Representatives were chosen de novo I fancy you would get a better set--better certainly for party purposes,--and if better organized for party purposes, there would be a better opportunity for doing business.--

I suppose you will not adjourn till July. I shall not be back until the


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