Rev. Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright ( 1792-1854, Harvard 1812), then Rector of
Grace Episcopal Church, was an officer of the Athenaeum, as were James Hillhouse, Gulian Verplanck, and Henry and Robert Sedgwick. See MS volume, "Recording Secretary of New York Athenaeum," New-York Historical Society.
"Mr. Hillhouse, Dr. Wainwright, priest of the Anglican church, Mr. Verplanck,
and many other New York scholars have interested themselves on my behalf in this
project, and I think I have cause to hope that my venture will not run aground. Kiss
little Fanny for me-- Take particular care, I pray you, of your health--and believe
me / for life / with the utmost devotion / your friend."
124. To Theophilus Parsons
Great Barrington Feb. 28, 1825.
I have received yours of the 18th.
1 As I was absent at the time it
came and have just returned, I hope you will excuse my not answering
you earlier. I have also received a letter from Mr. Carter2--and although
he offers me an easier engagement with the Gazette than that of the
present year (inasmuch as I am requested to furnish half the matter for
half the money) yet I have found myself obliged to decline it, having
made arrangements for leaving Great Barrington, and not expecting
much leisure for the next year. For the matter of prose, [about which I
believe I said something in one of my former letters, why, I have not
found time to write any. --I send you one piece more, with which I take
my leave of the Literary Gazette, for which my connexion with it, independently of its own merits, has given me a sort of affection, wishing it
all manner of success with the public--]
I am Sir
very respectfully & truly
Yours &c &c-- WM C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: HEHL ADDRESS: Th. Parsons Esq.
Acknowledging Bryant "A Forest Hymn," USLG, 2 ( April 1, 1825), 28-30--see Poems ( 1876), pp. 111-116--Parsons wrote on February 18 that he would be succeeded
as editor of the USLG on April 1 by James Gordon Carter ( 1795-1849), an educational
Dated February 15, 1825. NYPL-BG.
Matter between supplied brackets is so heavily lined through as to be nearly
illegible. The enclosed poem was "The Grecian Partizan," USLG, 2 ( May 15, 1825), 142-143. This is titled "The Greek Partisan," in Poems ( 1876), pp. 153-154. Manuscript
125. To Frances F. Bryant
New York March 23, 1825.
My dear Frances
I suppose you would like to know whether I broke my neck in going
out to Hudson last Thursday. I can assure you that it is as sound at this