You will appear in our magazine in company with Mr. Halleck. The poem entitled Marco Bozzaris was written by him--and I think it a very beautiful thing. 3 Anderson was so delighted with it--he got it from the author after much solicitation--that he could not forbear adding the expression of his admiration at the end of the poem.-- For my part, tho' I entirely agree with him in his opinion of the beauty of the poem, I have my doubts whether it is not better to let the poetry of magazines commend itself to the reader by its own excellence.--
The lines, which follow yours, were written by your humble servant.-- 4
There is an article on Verplanck's Evidences of Christianity in our review as you will see.-- It was written by Bruen-- 5 I do not think it does justice to the work--but it was furnished at the particular solicitation of Anderson--and was written by a gentleman of considerable ability who might have made something of the subject if he had pleased-- I am sorry that so good a book was not better handled-- But this is entre nous.
Now I am at New York whither you sometimes come it seems--I hope I shall see you again one of these days-- In the mean time I hope you will not forget me but send often one of your good long letters and occasionally a poem---for he who has begun to woo the muses at your age is not soon cured of his passion, I trow. And remember me to Prof. Channing if he is still in your neighbourhood, and tell him, that if he has more things on hand than he wants for the North American Review that he will do well to send them for insertion in mine.--
I am dear sir
WM. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Richard H. Dana Esq / CambridgeMass. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / JUN / 9 POSTAL ANNOTATION: 18¾ PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 216-217.
[ New Yorkc May 1825]
I have just received your polite note of the 18th. 2 I should be willing to make some sacrifice of my own ease and convenience for the sake of complying with a request expressed in such handsome terms. I fear how-