according to your pleasure; 3 and I will trouble you with another for Mr. Dana's work, --which you will find on the other side of this leaf. 4 I shall send you a copy of my 4th of July Oration, though, as it is nearly a year old, I doubt you will find the topicks there treated of a little stale. 5 I intend being in Cambridge next August, when I promise myself the pleasure of seeing you and my other friends there. 6 In the mean time believe me
Wm. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPTS: HCL (final); NYPL--GR (draft) ADDRESS: Edward T. Channing Esq / Cambridge / Mass. POSTMARK (in script): Great Barrington June 9th POSTAL ANNOTATION: 12½ ENDORSED: Wm C. Bryant / Gt. Bar. June 2, 1821 / The "Green River" PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 165-166.
Great Barrington July 30 1821.--
Yours of the 18th of June together with the first No. of the Idle Man I received some time since, for both which accept my thanks. 2 I would have answered your letter earlier, but I was pestered with several engagements, and among the rest with the composition of my poem, which I find a harder task than I expected, --owing partly to my having written but little in that way lately, and partly to the difficulty of the stanza I have chosen;--the labour has gone near to make me sick. 3 ---I am delighted with the Idle Man and I shall think better of the world if it likes it too. It is an attempt to bring them back to the power and better feelings of our nature. When I saw one of the articles headed "Mr. Kean" --(this was immediately after I heard the news of his unlucky manoeuvre at Boston) I wished you had chosen a subject for your first number more likely to be popular4--but before I had finished reading