grant me, of slightly varying the phraseology in one or two instances,-- not with a view of improving, but of softening the expression. 2
I expected to have seen you on your return from West Point, and to have talked with you about the review of Everett "Orations". We should be very glad of it for the August number--the article will be rather late for September. If you will do me the favour to write it, I should like to receive it by the 15th of July. 3
Allow me to express my gratitude for the friendly interest you take in our journal. We shall be exceedingly glad of all the help you may be disposed to give us, and I hope that you will not be impatient if I show you the value I set upon your promise of assistance, by occasionally reminding you of it.
I am sir
yours sincerely &c &c
WILLIAM C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: MHS ADDRESS: Mr. Geo. Bancroft.
New York Aug 10, 1825.
My dear Sir
I am afraid you may not altogether be pleased with the form in which your translation of Schiller's Division of the Earth appears in our last number. 1 I have been absent from the city for about four weeks past and your translation was received and printed in my absence. 2 I am just returned and Dr. Anderson has told me that not being pleased with the measure he took the liberty to alter the last line in every stanza in such a manner as to make it two syllables longer.--
I regret that it has been done--but the blame is principally if not wholly my own. I should have mentioned to Anderson, before I left the city, your protest against the alteration of any of your contributions without first consulting you. 3 It did not occur to me however that any poetical articles might be received from you during my absence.
Dr. Anderson states to me that he has hitherto in all cases taken the liberty to make alterations in the poetical contributions sent him, without the least scruple, wherever his taste or fancy dictated, and that in most instances his correspondents had given him an unqualified license