New York, March 30, 1825.
My dear sir.--
I enclose you a prospectus of a work of which I have just engaged to become one [of the Editors. 1 I beg that you will take the trouble to show it to such persons in your neighbourhood who will be likely to subscribe, and return the paper by Mr. Payne the bearer. He will leave Boston on Wednesday next. 2
I have given up my profession which was a shabby business--and I am not altogether certain that I have got into a better--Bliss & White, however, the publishers of the N. Y. Review, allow me a compensation, which at present will be a livelihood for me, and a livelihood is as much as I got from my profession.-- 3 Being one of the Editors of the work, though not a proprietor, I feel some anxiety that it should have a respectable circulation. --I rely upon its having your good word as far as may be consciencious to give it.--In great haste and hoping soon to find time to write you a longer letter--I am
Ever sincerely yrs &c W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR PUBLISHED (in part, as of April): Life, I, 213.
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