New York Oct 17, 1833
My dear Sir.
Will you see your booksellers, Russell Odiorne & Co., and see whether they will give me two hundred and fifty dollars for 1000 copies of my book. Mr. Bliss has offered me a check for $200 as soon as I put the work into his hands. If your booksellers do not offer me more I shall let him have it. If they should not care to do any thing about it will you inquire what my volume could be printed for at Cambridge and let me know when you write. I shall probably add to it half a dozen pages--not more. 1 My manuscript poem of which you speak was not finished and was not quite good enough to publish. 2 Will you resolve a critical doubt for me. John Wilson finds fault with the passage in the Forest Hymn
-- No silks
Rustle nor jewels shine nor envious eyes
as out of place and I am rather inclined to think him right. Shall I leave it out? 3 Will you answer my inquiries about the bargain with the bookseller &c. as soon as your leisure will permit--for Bliss is in haste for my decision.--
I am inclined to think that if Mr. Woods4 were to write a review of your book Walsh would publish it. He mentioned in his paper the other day that you had published a book and that the poetry it contained has been printed in the American Quarterly. Now if he has got a fancy that you have been well spoken of in his Review it is enough--you are down in his books for a great man; for he always makes it a point to stick to the opinions uttered in that work and regularly repels every attack upon its politics, or criticism. I am therefore clean for sending him an article on your work; I will ensure its admission. I forgot to say in my last in answer to your remark on the line--Yonder tall cliff &c--that I agree with you and that I would not have altered it. 5 Your volume of Essays may do by and by--though it would be better to wait until the greater part of the edition of your "poems & prose" is sold off--that readers may not have two of your books to buy at once by which means they might interfere with each other.-- 6
W. C. BRYANT--
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR DOCKETED: W C. Bryant / Oct 17-33. PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 295-296.