The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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In order to put you more fully in possession of the facts I enclose you Mr. Cambreleng's two last letters relating to my application. 8 The first letter communicating Mr. McLane's answer at the time the application was mentioned to him in February I cannot at present lay my hand on.

I have the honor to be
with the greatest respect and consideration
Your obedient servant
WM. C. BRYANT

MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft; final copy unrecovered).

1.
Cambreleng had written Bryant six months earlier that he had spoken to Louis McLane, the Secretary of State, who "expressed every intention to gratify you." December 12,1833, NYPL-BG.
2.
Bryant's letter is unrecovered. His recollection of the response was faulty; on February 12 Cambreleng had written, "I had intended speaking to Mr. McLane about your visit abroad--but I have particular reasons for postponing it till it is settled that he remains where he is." NYPL-GR. McLane was then in opposition to the President over the withdrawal of government deposits from the Bank of the United States, and it was thought he might have to resign from the cabinet. See Schlesinger, Age of Jackson, p. 101.
3.
In April the French parliament had refused to pay damage claims for American merchant ships seized during the Napoleonic wars. Bailey, Diplomatic History, p. 195.
4.
Cf. MS copy of Cambreleng's letter in Bryant's handwriting, NYPL-GR.
5.
Bryant's letter to McLane is unrecovered.
6.
MS copy in Bryant's handwriting of a letter from Cambreleng dated June 10, 1834, NYPL-GR.
7.
No reply to this letter from President Jackson has been found, nor any evidence that he took action on Bryant's request.
8.
These were evidently the original letters from which Bryant made the copies referred to in Notes 4 and 6.

286. To John Howard Bryant

New York June 21 1834.

Dear Brother

I have engaged a passage in the packet ship Poland which sails for Havre on Tuesday. I have visited Cummington and found all our friends quite well. Mother yet talks of going to Illinois; but I found the rest of the family apparently less desirous of a removal than I had expected. 1

I have your two letters, one written in April and the other in May. 2 I am sorry you have so much trouble about the Cutler note. I supposed you would be compelled to take no more trouble about it than you were willing to take for the sake of the use of the money when collected. I have mentioned your proposition to Bliss about making a deduction, but he does not relish it--so my account with him now remains unsettled till I return. Bliss says you must write to Cutler and tell him that you will sue

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