Great Barrington Oct 23 1824.
My dear Sir.
The article on Redwood for your next number, the writing of which you so obligingly offer me, 2 I should hardly venture upon, were it not that the omitting to notice a native work which has had so considerable a circulation, in a journal of the high reputation of the N. A. Review, might be looked upon by the public as equivalent to something like disapprobation. This neglect would have a still more decided squinting that way, after the elaborate articles on several American works of the same class that have lately appeared in your journal.
I had hoped that the work of reviewing Redwood would have been undertaken by somebody more competent than I am to do it justice. I have also some apprehensions that those who may know who is the writer of the article may be apt to suspect that his eyes were a little dazzled by the dedication. This is a predicament of some delicacy--not to say an awkward and embarrassing one; and on this account it were certainly better that the article should be done by some other hand. I undertake it however rather than that the work should fail of being noticed in your review. 3 But if after receiving this you should find any body willing to write the article to whom you would be willing to dispose of it, let me beg of you to press him into the service, and inform me of it,--and should I have made some progress in writing the article no harm will be done, you know. I am Sir
WM. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPTS: HCL (final); NYPL-GR (draft).