thinking that it is bad enough. If I can procure it at any of the neighbouring bookstores I will review it for your June No. If I do not get it I will
send some article for the Miscellaneous department.
3 I return you one of
the Numbers for December. I supposed, when I received it, that it was
sent me by some mistake, and I ought to have returned it before. It is
true that I subscribed for the work at first, in behalf of a Literary association--but that association came to nothing before I received my first
Number--and I was left to take it on my own account.
I may perhaps, some time or other, venture a little collection of
poetry in print,--for I do not write much--and should it be favourably
received, it may give me courage to do something more.
5 In the mean
time I cannot be too grateful for th[e] distant voice of kindness, that
cheers me in the pursuit of those studies which I have nobody here to
share with me.
I remain Sir
WM. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: HCL ADDRESS: Edward T. Channing Esqr. / Counsellor at Law / Boston
POSTAL ANNOTATION: 12½ DOCKETED: Wm C Bryant / G Barrington March 25, 1819 PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 158-159.
Acknowledging receipt on March 8 of
Bryant poem "The Yellow Violet," and
an essay "On the Happy Temperament" ( NAR, 9 [ June 1891, 206-210), Channing remarked, "Everybody here is asking after you, & I believe blaming me a little for not
doing more to secure something from you. . . . The Author of the 'Waterfowl' & 'a
fragment' is under higher obligation than any American bard to do more. If I had
any right or wish to commend you--in your hearing--I should have urged your obligation to write by comparing you with greater men than we can boast of." March 8,
Channing had regretted that, in the absence of other verses, "The Yellow Violet" would not fill space enough to form a "poetical department." He asked Bryant's
permission to insert the lines in an appropriate review, and to "give a copy to one
or two who will make no use of them but to love them as they should be loved"
Asking if Bryant cared to review
James Kirke Paulding The Backwoodsman
( Philadelphia, 1818), an appeal in verse for novelty in American writing, Channing
added, "We think it not worth reviewing unless it is severely handled both for its bad
politics & bad poetry" (March 8). Bryant did not review this book.
Channing had offered Bryant on March 8 two free subscriptions to the NAR--
one for himself, and one for the now defunct "association." See Letter 44.
Channing had inquired, "May I not ask you, if we may not expect a volume
from you in spite of your profession?" (March 8).
57. To Austin Bryant
Newport [ Rhode Island] Aug 3 1819
As my father wrote home from New-Bedford and probably informed
the family concerning his health I have delayed to write till this time--