MANUSCRIPT: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania ADDRESS: Messrs H. C. Carey & I. Lea ENDORSED: Rc Feb 24 / Ansd same day.
New York July 21, 1826.
I received your letter on the 18th. A short but somewhat troublesome indisposition has prevented me from answering it till now. I am sorry that you could make no better arrangement with Mr. Folsom, 2 as I cannot by any means consent to the condition he requires, namely that he shall be the sole judge of what articles are to be inserted in the journal and what rejected. I explained to you fully my views on that subject in our last conversation and supposed that I had made myself understood. Had such an arrangement been insisted on in the first place as necessary to the union of the two works I would never have taken a single step in the affair.
In all my conversations with yourself and Mr. Carter on this subject, and in all the letters I have written about it, I have ever kept in view the necessity of the new work being both really and apparently as much under the control and direction of the New York as of the Boston Editor. 3 Mr Carter for whose opinion I have great respect will I believe consider this matter in the same light that I do. 4 He will readily agree with me that we of New York are exceedingly jealous of the reputation of what literature we have, and that a work is not likely to be patronized and fostered with any unusual zeal of which the sole direction and responsibility is to remain with the literary men of another city. The New York Review has been cherished because the people of New York have considered it as a creature of theirs and I am confident that when they learn that it is to become a Boston work as it will be when conducted solely by a Boston Editor the favour with which it is regarded will be materially diminished. Indeed I have no doubt that a rival journal would be immediately set up.
To show what are the feelings of the booksellers on this subject, (and I believe they may be considered as pretty fairly representing the sense of the public on such subjects) I will mention that I inquired of the Carvills 5 what would be the consequence if it were to happen that the direction of the work should be entrusted solely to a Boston Editor.