munication with them makes its progress among us so slow that we are sometimes ready to fear that i[t]s general diffusion here is a blessing reserved for the next generation. If the doings of your meeting are published in the news papers or in any of the periodical religious publications we shall see them of course--if not we hope that some way will be taken to communicate the results to the Unitarians of Berkshire.
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft) ADDRESS: Revd Henry Ware--D. D.
Great Barrington Jan. 15 1825
I am very sensible of the compliment you pay me in applying to me as a contributor to your new work along with authors so celebrated as those whom you mention in a letter 〈of the 5 inst.〉 which I have just received from you. 2
You may consider me as a contributor, in my way, that of verse I mean, to the work.
As to the matter of compensation I am too poor to work for nothing and we have a great modern authority for the maxim, that a man ought to be paid as well for the sweat of his brains as that of his brow.
I do not however wish to fix upon any definite compensa[tion] myself. --I am willing to leave it to you to judge of the value of the articles I shall send you & shall be content with whatever amount you shall think I ought to receive.-- 3
Your obt servt
WM C BRYANT
P. S. I shall expect to receive a copy of the work.
W C BRY'T.
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