It however had the effect of disgusting them with Blunt if they were not disgusted before. The letters published to day, particularly Mr. McDuffie's will set the matter right. The anti-auction party are making a great noise here but I am not certain that they are very strong; although a good many of them are valuable subscribers to newspapers. They are however the only party that show any activity or make any clamour. When you get here you will be able to judge better than I can. For my part I think that both they and Mr. McDuffie are clearly in the wrong--but we of the Post have thought it prudent to take no part in the controversy. 1
The demand for the Talisman continues--and you must do your share for another year. Inman has a design illustrating Moore's poem of the Dismal swamp which I hear spoken highly of, and which he wishes engraved for the Talisman. Will you pick up from the Virginians some particulars of the Dismal Swamp while you are at Washington which some of us may weave into a narrative or make a florid description out of? 2
W C BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon Gulian C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington / D. C. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / MAY / 10 POSTAL ANNOTATION: FREE DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant.
[ New York, June 12, 1828]
I sent on your boxes to Hartford day before yesterday. The freight to [ N. Y. was] $1.00 the cartage to Thorburn's $.25 and the cartage to the steamboat $.25. I went to Thorburn's on that morning and found them just arrived. I directed them as you requested.