grateful for the assistance afforded me at a time when it may do me much service. 3
I am Sir
With much respect
WM. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPTS: NYPL-Berg (final); NYPL-GR (draft) ADDRESS: Gulian C. Verplanck Esq / New York POSTMARK (in script): Great Barrington / October 11th--1821 POSTAL ANNOTATION: 12½ PUBLISHED: Life, I, 179.
Great Barrington Oct 30 1821
My dear Sir.
I had made up my mind to defer writing to you till I had received the 3d. No. of the Idle Man. But it does not come, and as I am bound to answer your letter and the grave inquiry in it, I may as well do it now I am in the humour. I am sorry that my review was so late, but if you knew how many rascally accidents laid their heads together to [thw]art and delay me, and the anxiety I felt about it, you would forgive me even more freely perhaps than you do now. Your question about the Letter from Town I am glad you have put to me as you did for I should not certainly deserve many of your thanks, if in reviewing your work I had not been contented with stating such objections to it as might occur to me, but had set the invention of others to work to look them up for me. 1 Truly and frankly then--the objection did occur to me on reading the article. I promised myself at the beginning more than I found at the conclusion, and the whole affected me like a sort of disappointment. I am far from denying that there is merit in the article--spirit & sense and fine touches--but the plan as it seemed to me was faulty. It is possible however that I have expressed myself on this point in the review, more strongly than I ought or meant to do. Indeed I did not think any of the criticisms I passed upon the book when I pretended to find fault with it, of much importance. But I would not speak of its merits with less enthusiasm than