New York Nov 11 1826.
My dear Sir.
I do not write with your last letter 1 before me and may perhaps fail of answering some things that are in it. If so I shall try to make up the deficiency in my next.
I am quite sorry that you did not write the article on Mrs. Radcliffe. I think you would have done justice to the subject and I am pretty certain that there are few who can. 2 In the mean time do not forget us, and if [a] subject occurs to you on which you can write con amore, put your thoughts immediately into black and white for the U. S. Review. I shall think a great deal better of the journal for your contributions.
By the way [Robert] Walsh3 is to be the Editor of a new literary journal to be published by Carey & Lea at Philadelphia under the name of the American Quarterly Review. I have seen the prospectus which has just been received here and is one of the most clumsily written things that can be imagined. It says that " Philadelphia contains a large fund of talent science and erudition--larger perhaps than any other American city" --and observes that as very little of this vast fund is expended in any of our journals, it might be laid out to great advantage in one of their own.--
By the way how is my godson should I call it? the poem I looked over with you when I saw you last. He was a likely bantling I remember, and did honour to his parent. 4
You will recollect I spoke to you about having something to do with a daily paper here-- You say nothing about it in your letter. Have you thought of the plan any further and what do you think of it?-- 5
If you do not like our reviews you must give us something better.-- You have friends who can write well and I wish you to tell them that I