MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (incomplete draft) TEXT: New York Spectator, September 21, 1821.
Great Barrington Oct 1st 1821.
I send you my critique on the Idle Man. 1 I hope it is not too late. --Since I returned there has been a Term of the Supreme Court in this County whic[h] lasted a fortnight and at which by good luck I had a little business--and another of the Court of Sessions--and the second No. of the Idle Man got carried off by somebody and it was some time before I could get it again &c. &c.--all which must be my apology for the delay. --The review I submit to your revision. --Draw your pen through any part you please, without mercy, and interline where you please. --Will you be so good as to see that about a dozen copies or more of my poems are reserved for me to give my friends.--
WM. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: MHS ADDRESS: Willard Phillips Esq--.
Great Barrington Oct. 10, 1821.
Yours of the 4th inst together with the N. Y. American of the same date and a copy of your Anniversary Discourse 2 have just reached me.
I had before seen the greater part of your Discourse in the shape of extracts, in various publications, but I am happy in an opportunity to read, in its original connection, the whole of a work the free and liberal spirit of which, to say nothing of its other merits too generally acknowledged to need any testimony of mine, had already so much interested me.
Whether you think highly of my poems or otherwise I hope at least that you think more of them than I was able to find in the paper you sent me. On unfolding it I found the two inside pages entirely blank--through some blunder, I suppose, of the press. I conclude however from the intimation in your letter that the notice was a favourable one, and I am