written by one of Clay's political admirers and of course, cannot be expected to suit those who are not of that class. Besides, I, have some doubts
whether a literary journal is the place for discussing the question concerning the propriety of Mr. Clay's appointment as Secretary of State. For my
part I always thought the appointment a very bad one--never having
much respect for Mr. Clay's principles nor a high estimate of his political
knowledge. But the article has [been] inserted and though I cannot say
much for it I put the best face on the matter I can.
I like Metcalf's article and not only consent but even wish that it
may be published with the exception of one or two sentences through
which I have drawn a pencil. These passages contain sentiments in which
I cannot quite agree with the writer.
MANUSCRIPT: BPL ADDRESS: Editor of the U. S. Review.
Bryant's addressing the "Editor of the U. S. Review" suggests uncertainty over
the identity of his current Boston counterpart. Though he had continued writing to Folsom, replies had been coming since April from Wigglesworth. On June 23 Willard
Phillips had written him that he had been offered the direction of the USR, and asked Bryant's confidential advice on its financial shape and prospect of continued New York
support. NYPL-BG. Apparently Bryant was not consulted by his partners on this matter of direct concern to himself.
Catharine M. Sedgwick] Hope Leslie; or, Early Times in the Massachusetts . . . ( New York, 1827).
Bryant refers to titles named in Wigglesworth's letters of June 28 and July 2,
Bryant] Review of
Stephen Elliott, Address Delivered at the Opening of the
Medical College in Charleston . . . November, 1826 ( Charleston, 1827), USR, 2 ( August 1827), 368-376.
"The Disinterred Warrior,"ibid., 386-387. See Poems ( 1876), pp. 150-151.
John Howard Bryant] "The Traveller's Return," USR, 2 ( August 1827), 387- 388.
One of these was Bryant's, of Samuel Miller, Letters on Clerical Manners and
Habits . . . ( New York, 1827), ibid., 377-386. The other was probably Richard Dana's
review of The Novels of Charles Brockden Brown, 7 vols. ( Boston, 1827), ibid., 321-333.
Only six months before Bryant would assume editorial responsibility for the EP, a strong Jackson paper, he could hardly justify to Democratic friends and associates his review's praise of President Adams' Secretary of State.
180. To Frances F. Bryant
[ New York, c August 1, 1827]
My dear Frances,
Mr Verplanck being [about] to go to Fishkill tomorrow
1 I write this
rather than lose the opportunity, although I have very little to tell you.