MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS (address leaf torn): [Messrs.] R. B. Southwick & Co. / Merchants / Poughkeepsie /N. Y. POSTMARK (in script): [Great Barrington, February 23? 182]4 POSTAL ANNOTATION: 12½ DOCKETED: Wm C Bryant / 2 Mo 23d---1824.
Great Barrington March 10, 1824
My dear Sir.
Yours of the 2nd. I received yesterday, 1 and some time previous I had received your letter stating the terms upon which C[ummings] H[illiard] & Co. would engage me. 2 I regret that any misapprehension should have occasioned you any trouble;--it did not occur to me that, although I had told you that I should be satisfied with any compensation the publishers should think fit to offer,--they might notwithstanding like to know to what extent I should be willing to contribute to their work. It was from this mistake that. I neglected to write.
I think the terms offered perfectly reasonable, and accept them with pleasure. 3
In answer to one of your letters I enclosed you a little poem for your first No. and a list of persons in this County who I thought might take the Gazette. 4 You have not acknowledged the receipt of that letter, in any of those which you have written to me--but I expect to see by your first No. whether you have received it or not.--
In the mean time, with all good wishes for the success of your undertaking, I am Sir
Your obedt. & much obliged Servt.
WM C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: BPL ADDRESS: Theophilus Parsons Esq. / Taunton / Mass. POSTMARK (in script): Great Barrington Ma[rch 1]0th POSTAL ANNOTATION: 12½.