The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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1.
G. and C. Carvill had been New York publishers of the USR, as well as of Bryant's translation of Mignet History of the French Revolution in 1827.
2.
Probably Leonard Woods ( 1807-1878), a Presbyterian clergyman who was then editor of the Literary and Theological Review in New York City, and later ( 1839- 1866) president of Bowdoin College. In 1839, again as Dana's agent, he discussed with the Harpers the proposed publication of Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Two Years Before the Mast. See Bryant to Dana, Sr., June 24, 1839, NYPL-GR; Exman, Brothers Harper, pp. 127ff.
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That is, "came before, made the way easy."
4.
Noah Webster ( 1758-1843), who published his seminal The American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828, declared it his aim to "destroy the provincial prejudices that originate in the trifling differences of dialect and produce reciprocal ridicule." But he did not go so far as to retranslate the Bible.
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Unrecovered.

263. To Gulian C. Verplanck

Saturday morning [c June 22, 1833]

Dear Sir

If you are at leisure will you come over to Hoboken this afternoon. I expect [ R. Ray] Ward over--and he has several things to talk about. He has a plan of sending [Samuel] Knapp to Boston to procure subscriptions for Sands's works. --He thinks of going next week himself to Philadelphia. In writing the memoir, recollect that he was born not at New York but at Flatbush during a temporary residence of the family there. He received the second honour in his class the year before he graduated, and when he received his degree pronounced the valedictory. 1

In haste
W C. BRYANT

Please answer by the bearer

MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Gulian C. Verplanck Esq / 74 Leonard Street.

1.
At Columbia College in 1815, at the age of sixteen.

264. To Amos Eaton1

New York, July 2, 1833.

My dear Sir:

I do not suppose that you intended me to answer the interrogatories in your letter. They were meant, I presume, as a more delicate way of paying a compliment than by direct assertion. I may be permitted to say, however, that few circumstances connected with the history of my writings have given me more pleasure than the approbation you are pleased to express so warmly. To write verses that will please very young men and women, persons of inflammable feelings and imaginations, is no difficult matter; but to obtain the voluntary and even extravagant commendation of a veteran and distinguished votary of Science is a triumph

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