London in two volumes a few years since. If I could come at it I would
send you the original of the lines.
Our contributor Cushing it seems is in some difficulty--I suppose it
is he. I do not however think the evidence arising from comparison of
hands conclusive, and I should be satisfied with his denial. Mr. Verplanck
once handed me an article for the New York Review written by one of
his friends the hand writing of which so nearly resembled his own that I
could almost have sworn to it.--
I fear that three pages of political intelligence every month might
be deemed a pretty large proportion-- I do not know however that I
should be for excluding a contribution of that sort provided it seemed
likely to be interesting to the public.
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: BPL ADDRESS: Mr.
Charles Folsom / Editor of the U. S. Review / Boston
Care of Bowles & Dearborn Booksellers-- POSTMARK: NEW-YORK/ OCT / 31
POSTAL ANNOTATION: 18 3/4.
James Renwick ( 1792-1863, Columbia 1807, M.A. 1810), professor of Natural
Philosophy and Experimental Chemistry at Columbia from 1820 to 1853, and a member of the Bread and Cheese Lunch Club, was father of architect James Renwick
( 1818-1895, Columbia 1836). See Adkins, Halleck, p. 153.
Folsom had written on October 10 that Bryant's suggestions for typographical
changes (Letter 151) had been incorporated in the first number of the USR, though
this had delayed its publication. NYPL-BG.
In his October 10 letter Folsom commented, "I have made a keen search after
the original of your beautiful translation of 'Mary Magdalen,' but in vain. . . . Will
you do me the favour to direct me to it?" From Friedrich Bouterwek Geschichte der
Poesie und Beredsamkeit, 12 vols. (Göttingen, 1801-1819), James Ross had published a
translation of Volumes III and IV as A History of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
( London, 1823). Williams, Spanish Background, I, 375-376; II, 333.
Caleb Cushing ( 1800-1879, Harvard 1817) had contributed to the USLG, and
had written for the USR (1 [ October 1826] 1-9) an article, "The Diplomacy of the
United States." As a candidate for election to Congress from Massachusetts, he had
been accused, on the basis of his supposed handwriting, of an unfair attack on his opponent in a Boston newspaper. Claude M. Fuess, The Life of Caleb Cushing ( New
York: Harcourt Brace, 1923), I, 56, 73-74.
Folsom had written Bryant on October 10, "Cushing . . . has proposed to furnish a monthly political summary of three pages. I spoke of allowing one page, if we
liked the matter & the plan. . . . He has replied that he cannot do with less than three
pages. So the thing rests. What do you think?" NYPL-BG.
157. To Edward Wigglesworth
New York Nov 5 1826
I return the poetry you sent me altered for the press, except the
"fragment" which will not do. Do you want it again? I am not for re-