val, are similar likenesses of Fitz-Greene Halleck, Edward Coote Pinkney, James
Brooks, Samuel Woodworth, Washington Irving, John Pierpont, Charles Sprague, and Bryant. Halleck wrote Bryant on January 16: "Mr. Morris, the Editor of the Mirror,
has asked me to say to you that his engraving of the Seven, or Nine, I forget which, 'Illustrious Obscure' is completed. He has made me what I dare say I ought to have
been and very possibly shall be, a Methodist Parson. . . . The Barber-Shop sort of
immortality with which this engraving honors us, is most particularly annoying, but
how could we help ourselves?" NYPL-BG. The drawing of Bryant's head followed that
of his earliest known portrait, an 1827 watercolor by Henry Inman now in the New-
York Historical Society, and reproduced as the frontispiece to this volume.
George Ticknor ( 1791-1871, Dartmouth 1807), Smith Professor of French and
Spanish at Harvard.
Michael Burnham, the business manager who shared with William Coleman financial control of the EP, seems to have spoken out occasionally on editorial policy.
The "literary intelligence" he questioned was probably a compliment to Bryant, in an
unrecovered letter on political affairs, like that in the NYM, 5 ( December 22, 1827), 191. Noting with the "greatest satisfaction that this gifted individual" had been made
joint editor of the EP, the article enlarged on Bryant's "rich and vivid fancy," and his
"keen perception of whatever is beautiful in creation."
On March 1, 1828 the Bryants moved from Mrs. Tripler's boardinghouse on
Broadway to one on Hubert Street run by Adelaida de Salazar, wife of a Spanish immigrant doing business in New York. Here they made warm friends of the Salazars,
and began regular study of the Spanish language. In May the Bryants moved with the
Salazars to 92 Hudson Street, near Saint John's Park. Frances Bryant, "Autobiographical Sketch," NYPL-GR; Williams, Spanish Background, II, 128.
199. To Gulian C. Verplanck
New York March 24 1828.
You are acquainted I believe with Dr. Revere of this city. He has a
son a promising lad of fifteen whom he desires to make a midshipman in
the U. S. Navy. The young man is I am told of excellent moral habits,
and uncommonly good education, and a great passion for the navy. If
you have any influence by which you could aid him in procuring the
place, you would oblige a very worthy and intelligent man, the father.
Mr. Coleman has promised to write to Cambreleng on the subject.
Dr. Revere has a brother-in-law in the House, Mr. Gurley of Louisiana,
with whom he has corresponded on this subject.
W C. BRYANT
P. S. Mr. De Viellecour is much delighted at the success of his old acquaintance Plutarch Peck--such is his benevolent nature--although he
acknowledges that "the dog" as he calls him "dont deserve it."
Bliss is very desirous to go on with the Talisman another year. He
thinks he has sold enough to indemnify him for the expenses of the last.
An order for ten copies from Philadelphia, where you know they did not
sell at first, has put him in good spirits.
I have put a paragraph in the Post about the letter in the American.