William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant

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William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant

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If there is any excuse for this publication, it must be found in the fact that I was associated with Mr. Bryant for many years in the management of "The Evening Post" newspaper, my connection with it commencing at about the same period of life as his; in the fact that we there contracted personal relations which he was pleased late in life to crown by naming me one of the executors of his will; and finally in the hope I entertain that a compendious and comparatively inexpensive sketch of his instructive career may reach a class, not inconsiderable in numbers, who have neither the leisure nor opportunities for perusing the elaborate and scholarly biography by Mr. Godwin.

Whatever may be the imperfections of this work, -- and no one is likely to be more sensible of them than I am, -- I permit myself to indulge the hope that in quarters where the nature and importance of Bryant's life-work are little known . . .

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