Now it is healthy again in New York I suppose you will go there. I shall expect to see you here either on your way thither or your return. --Remember me to all my friends in your quarter & believe me
WM. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Richard H. Dana Esq. / Cambridge / Mass POSTMARK (in script): Great Barrington November. 18th-- POSTAL ANNOTATION: 25 ENDORSED: Wm. C. Bryant/ Nov. 17, 1822 / in this he sent an/answer to remarks in / Columbian Centinel on my / story of "Paul Felton," The / remarks were published in / the Centinel soon after I recd. / them, which newspaper I have.
[Great Barrington, c November 17, 1822]
THE IDLE MAN. Vol. II.-No. 1.
It is a common amusement with a certain class of ingenious gentlemen, when there are no convenient objects at hand on which to exert their spirit of adventure, to conjure up scare-crows of their own invention, equip them in the most frightful manner their imagination can suggest, and when they have made them sufficiently hideous, to fall foul of them tooth and nail, batter them terribly, and scatter about without remorse the horrible paraphernalia in which they had just drest them up. Somebody, who calls himself a well wisher to the Author of the Idle Man, has given the public an entertainment of this kind in the Centinel of Nov. 13th. I must confess I was a little startled at the zeal and fury with which he assaulted his chimera; I began to think him in blood earnest, and to have some apprehensions that what he flew at so fiercely was in reality the dangerous and detestable thing he seemed to think it.
But as it is not my way to make up my opinion hastily on such subjects, I thought it might be well just to look at the book which had the odd fortune to call forth so much clamour from the well wisher of its Author. I took up the 1st No. of Vol. 2d. of the Idle Man, to see if I could find in it those pernicious tendencies which the writer in the Centinel considers as so apparent. At first the narrative seemed to me rather heavy, but, as I proceeded, my attention became strongly fixed, and I was soon so absorbed in the perusal that I wholly forgot my original purpose. 1