The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

By William Cullen Bryant II; Thomas G. Voss et al. | Go to book overview
Save to active project

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

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

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.
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.
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.
Cf. MS copy of Cambreleng's letter in Bryant's handwriting, NYPL-GR.
Bryant's letter to McLane is unrecovered.
MS copy in Bryant's handwriting of a letter from Cambreleng dated June 10, 1834, NYPL-GR.
No reply to this letter from President Jackson has been found, nor any evidence that he took action on Bryant's request.
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


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1
Table of contents

Table of contents



Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 506

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?