than the beauties, but because I wish the work to be entirely free of them. They are blemishes of execution merely, and I who have been an apprentice in the trade of verse from nine years old, can only wonder how with so little practice you have acquired so much dexterity. [There] are passages of strong pathos, indeed the whole work is instinct with this quality, the descriptions are also striking and as many powerful lines might be picked out of the poem as out of any other of the size that I know.
I am obliged to conclude in haste
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Richard H. Dana Esq. / Cambridge / Mass. DOCKETED: W C. Bryant/ June 1 1827 PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 233-234.
New York June 1, 1827.
I send you a Review of the Catalogue of the Exhibition of the National Academy of Design. I send at present part of it only but you will receive the rest in 3 or 4 days at farthest, as the gentleman who is writing it only retains the last sheets in his hands to make a few additions & alterations. It may make 16 or 17 pages. I wish you would give it as conspicuous a place in the Review as possible as it is a subject quite interesting to us in New York and somewhat so to other cities. 1
I have been so ill lately as to be unable to write myself but you shall have a notice of the Prairie next week. 2 I am out of poetry. If you have any I want it.
Cooper's pamphlet on the Constitution relates to a question that divides the two parties of the U. S. I should think it had better not be meddled with at least as respects that question. 3 If Mr Everett reviews Clay's speeches I hope he will also steer clear of that question--since it is made a party question--and that he will not get in any of his new fashioned notions on political economy. 4
I think Verplanck will be persuaded to review Cooper's Political Economy but I will let you know next week. If he will not I think Porter will do it well. 5
W. C. BRYANT