James A. Hyde (d. 1836, Williams 1807) was admitted to the bar in 1811, served
as Great Barrington town clerk from 1813 until Bryant's election to that office in 1820,
and was re-elected when Bryant left for New York City in 1825. Thereafter, for several years, Hyde handled Bryant's unfinished legal business. Taylor, Great Barrington,
p. 371; Hyde to Bryant, December 14, 1829, NYPL-GR.
During his brief practice in Plainfield in 1816, Bryant appeared at least four
times in the Court of Common Pleas at Northampton, and argued other cases before
justices of the peace in Cummington as well as in Plainfield. "Youth," pp. 181-182.
This sentence seems to belong with the preceding paragraph, where it probably appeared in the final draft.
41. To Peter Bryant
Great Barrington 28 May 1817
I have at length effected a change of the "Stile royal," we, into the
less ostentatious but full as important pronoun I. My partner has relinquished the business of the office to me. I made a very good bargain with
him, and got it for a mere trifle. When I see you I will tell you more
about this affair.
1 Genl. Whiting, with whom, I hope, you will become
acquainted, will deliver you, together with this, a letter for Mr. Baylies
which I wish you would try to forward to him, as the General is not probably acquainted with the Bridgewater representatives.
Your affectionate Son
WM C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Dr. Peter Bryant / Boston / By the politeness of
The exact date on which Bryant and Ives dissolved their partnership is uncertain. They last appeared in court together as counsel on April 26, 1817; Bryant handled his first case alone on May 24. Without doubt they parted amicably, for they
remained personal friends, and Bryant and his bride shared a house and kitchen for
a year with George Ives and his mother in 1821-1822. Taylor, Great Barrington, pp. 417-420.
(Militia) General John Whiting ( 1770?-1846) had practiced law at Great Barrington since his admission to the bar in 1792. From 1816 to 1817 he was a state senator. Taylor, Great Barrington, p. 370.
42. To Miss Sarah S. Bryant1
Great Barrington 8 Sept. 1817
I believe that this is the first letter I ever wrote you, and I design it,
if you will consent, as the beginning of a regular correspondence between
us. You are now at the most interesting period of your life--
2 a period
when a thousand circumstances are busy in forming and settling the character and when impressions are easily taken and perhaps more deeply