New York Aug 13, 1827.
I have heard nothing from you since I sent you your poem. 1 I write now to mention a mode of publishing it if you should not have thought of a better.
A book is to be published in this city by Bliss the bookseller 2 a kind of Miscellany beautifully printed and embellished in the way of the London Souvenirs &c. 3 The contributors will be Mr. Verplanck Mr. Sands and myself, and perhaps one or two more. The profits of the publication, if there are any are to be divided between the bookseller and the authors. That something will be made by it there is little doubt considering the great run that Carey Souvenir had last year bad as it was, 4 and considering also the great demand there is for the London works of that kind.
Now if you will trust us with your poem it shall be published, in the finest style, with or without your name, just as you please and shall lie in the parlour windows of the rich and fashionable--not the best judges of literary merit to be sure, but the best purchasers of showy books. Your interests in the matter we will make the same provision for as for our own.
There is one recommendation to this plan--it will cost you nothing and you may even get something by it. By publishing in the common way you run some risk of losing and the probability of getting any thing as times go is I can assure you from experience very small. Whether this mode of publication however is as likely to advance your literary reputation as the other is for yourself to consider. It is better generally to write a book of one's own, and to be responsible only for one's own productions, but I should think that a poet might as well make a beginning in this way as the other. 5
My regards to your sisters & brother. Let me hear from you soon,--& believe me,
Ever faithfully yours,
W. C. BRYANT.