You can correct this in an erratum if you please--but it is not of much
For prose--I have several little matters of that sort by me, but they
are all unfinished-- I will by and by put the last hand to some of them,
and send them down for insertion in the Gazette--
3 In the mean time, I
send you a supply of verse,
4 and will take care that you have more before
you are out.
WILLIAM C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: BPL ADDRESSS Theophilus Parsons Esq / Taunton / Mass. POSTMARK (in
script): Great Barrington May 28th POSTAL ANNOTATION: 18¼.
Parsons wrote on May 5 that he would "economize" Bryant's "three delightful
pieces" (see Letter 99) by stretching them over three numbers of the USLG, hoping
meanwhile to receive more. NYPL-BG. Parsons' letter of May 18 is unrecovered.
See Poems ( 1876), p. 68: "Why weep ye then for him, who, having won /
The bound of man's appointed years, at last, / . . . / Serenely to his final rest has
On May 5 Parsons asked whether Bryant had any prose pieces on hand which
might help fill the department of Miscellany, offering to pay one dollar a column.
There is no evidence that Bryant sent any "little matters" of prose to Parsons, unless
--as seems unlikely--the brief notice of Catharine Sedgwick novel Redwood ( 1824)
which appeared in the USLG, 1 ( July 15, 1824), 101-102, was his.
This included a sonnet, later entitled "Consumption," USLG, 1 ( June 15, 1824), 75; "An Indian Story,"ibid. (July 1), 92; and "Summer Wind,"ibid. (July 15), 107. See Poems ( 1876), pp. 75-81. The manuscripts of these are in HEHL. The sonnet
reflected Bryant's concern over his sister Sally's worsening health, which resulted in
her death six months later.
102. To Theophilus Parsons
Great Barrington June 22, 1824.
I send you another cargo of verse. The lines entitled Autumn Woods
I would print the 1st. of October. I hope you will receive the enclosed before you have disposed of what you have on hand--
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: HEHL ADDRESS: Theophilus Parsons Esq / Taunton / Mass. POSTMARK
(in script): Gt Barrington. June 23 POSTAL ANNOTATION: 25.
In addition to "Autumn Woods," USLG, 1 ( October 15, 1824), 203, the manuscript of which accompanied this letter, the other poems in this "cargo of verse" were
a "Song," later entitled "Love's Seasons,"ibid. (August 15), 141; "An Indian at the
Burying Place of His Fathers,"ibid. (August 1), 125; and "Hymn of the Waldenses," ibid. (September 1), 156-157. See Poems ( 1876), pp. 81-88, 96-98. The manuscripts
are in HEHL.