W[illiam?] has been very busy with Ama[nd]a--he tells me this
morning that she has comp[leted] her purchases of furniture & will probably have a house more magnificently furnished than any other in G. B.
which information you may give to all whom it may concern.--
W C B
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Mrs. Frances Bryant / Great Barrington / Mass.--
DOCKETED: W. C. B. NY. PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 189-190.
Henry Sedgwick, aware of Bryant's growing distaste for legal practice and for
Great Barrington, had invited him to visit New York City in the Spring. Sedgwick to
Bryant, March 20, 1824,
William Johnson ( 1769-1848, Yale 1788), a legal scholar, was Reporter for the
Supreme Court of New York and for the Court of Chancery.
In his memorial discourse on Cooper in 1852 Bryant recalled having been
"somewhat startled, coming as I did from the seclusion of a country life, with a certain emphatic frankness in his manner, which, however, I came at last to like and to
admire." See Bryant, "Cooper," p. 60.
Thomas Earl Ives ( 1802-1843, Yale 1822), third son of the late Gen. Thomas
Ives of Great Barrington and brother of Bryant's former law partner, George Ives, was
later a practicing lawyer at New Orleans. Dexter, Graduates of Yale, Supplement,
"Last evening Mr. Ives and I went to the home of a French family, where we
played whist and spoke French the whole time."
Mrs. Elizabeth Ellery Sedgwick, of Newport, Rhode Island, was herself a
woman of notable beauty who had been Washington Allston's model for his painting
of a prophetess. Sedgwick, Life and Letters, pp. 148-150.
Rev. William Ware ( 1797-1852, Harvard 1816), pastor since 1821 of the Second
Congregational (Unitarian) Church in New York City. See 63.1.
As town clerk of Great Barrington, Bryant was responsible for recording votes
in the imminent election for local and state officers. David Leavenworth, a justice of
the peace, was then his landlord. See 89.5.
Probably William Sherwood of Great Barrington and his bride. See Sherwood
to Bryant, February 22, 1823,
NYPL-BG. Sherwood later owned the boardinghouse
at 385 [West] Fourth Street in Greenwich Village where the Bryants lived after their
return from Europe in 1836.
101. To Theophilus Parsons
Great Barrington May 26, 1824.
My dear Sir.
Yours of the 5th. reached Great Barrington during my absence in attending the Sup. Court at Lenox, where I was detained about a fortnight,
and I received yours of the 18th. a day or two after my return. I see that
you have found out my foible--a propensity to procrastinate, but I am
ashamed to think that it has given you any trouble, and I do not mean
that for the future you shall have any cause to reproach me for any want
In the little poem entitled-- The Oldman's Funeral--at the end of
the first line of the third Stanza run is printed for won in the Gazette.--