New York Feb 16 1828.
My dear Sir,
I have not written I believe since Mr. Herbert got his letter containing an account of the reception of his ode at the dinner at Washington. He was wonderfully delighted with it and so also were his friends. 1 The artist who made Plutarch Peck's coat with his usual interest in every thing that relates to American letters called to obtain a sight of it 2 and a copy was despatched to Mr. Viellecour who returned a note expressive of the gratification with which he had perused it. Mr. Herbert was observed to look wonderfully complacently for a day or two--but his face grew longer when Mr. Walsh said that the ode had been praised too highly and the critical Charles King3 declared it prosaic. However a couple of articles which lately appeared in the Enquirer in which justice is done both to Mr. Walsh and his Jack Rugby4 have restored their usual serenity to the features of our excellent friend.
I have not got the Southern Review yet nor can I learn that a single copy of it has been received in the city. When it comes I shall trumpet it as loudly as it will bear. Noah had an article about it yesterday morning which smells of Washington.-- 5
The Talisman continues to sell a little. Have you heard that Mr. [James Kirke] Paulding has declared it to be the best work of its kind that has appeared in England or America? He said he had read them all.
The Tariff does not seem likely to be popular to the eastward. It was amusing to observe by the papers how it was received. The Jackson papers in that quarter seized upon it as a proof that the Jackson party was friendly to manufactures--or at least willing to give their friends fair play. The Adams papers presented a dead silence for a while--and then the storm broke forth. The Boston Courier attacks the whole bill tooth and nail as you probably have seen by this time. 6 The dissatisfaction with the tax on Molasses seems to be pretty general--it reaches from Albany to Portland. An article from the National Journal in which it is said that the bill does not meet the views of the real friends of the American System is copied into almost every administration paper that I take up, and