tinue-- My $1,000.00 is no great sum to be sure but it is twice what I got by my practice in the country. --Besides my dislike for my profession was augmenting daily, and my residence in Great Barrington in consequence of innumerable local quarrels and factions which were springing up every day among an extremely exciteable, and not very enlightened population, had become quite disagreeable to me. It cost me more pains and perplexity than it was worth to live on friendly terms with my neighbours--and not having as I flatter myself any great taste for contention I made up my mind to get out of it as soon as I could and come to this great city where if it was my lot to starve I might starve peaceably and quietly. The business of sitting in judgment upon books as they come out is not the literary employment the most to my taste nor that for which I am best fitted--but it affords me for the present a certain compensation--which is a matter of some consequence to a poor devil like myself.
In the mean time I am greatly obliged to you for the pains you have taken in looking up subscribers--tho to say the truth I expected no less from your friendship.--Please to remember me to Prof. Channing if he is still with you--& believe me
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPTS: LH (final); NYPL-GR (draft) ADDRESS: Richard H. Dana Esq / Cambridge / Mass. POSTMARK: BOSTON / MS / MAY / 31 ENDORSED: Wm C. Bryant May 25--1825-- /Answered PUBLISHED (in part, from draft): Life, I, 215-216.
New York, May 28. 1825.
My dear Sir.
You will see in the copy of my Magazine which I send you that I have changed your crow to a raven. I do not know how you will like the metamorphosis--but it is a change only of the title of your poem, and I have not ventured to take any such liberty with the verses. 1 My reason for doing this was that the title was not a taking one--Anderson2 was of the same opinion and urged me strongly to make the alteration--and Mr. [Fitz-Greene] Halleck (author of Fanny &c) to whom it was shown, while he admired the beauty of the poetry, thought the title an unfortunate one.-- The raven is a North American bird, common in the interior of the U. S. and naturalists say that his habits are similar to those of the crow. I hope you will forgive the liberty I have taken--as it was only with a view to draw to your poem the attention it deserves.--