New York, Dec [c15], 1829.
We are greatly obliged to you for such oracular hints, for so they are received, as you have occasionally given us since you went on to the capitol. They are copied every where, even into the American. The President's Message has been very favorably received here. Almost every body speaks well of it as a whole. Those who are concerned in the United States bank did not like that part relating to that institution--but even on that subject there is not much excitement notwithstanding the opposition journals have tried hard to kindle one. 1 How came Eaton to suffer his report to appear so overcharged with verbal inaccuracies? Partly I suppose by having an ignorant copyist for the press and partly by his own ambition to be fine, but in either case he is inexcusable. It has given the small critics of the opposition something to talk about. 2
We see but one side of the parties at Washington. The Telegraph has not been sent us for ten days past. A line was put into the Post mentioning the fact, but it has not brought us the paper. If you should see the Editor will you mention it to him. 3
The Talisman I have little to tell you about. If you see the Courier you must have seen Paulding's article about it, and Brooks's certificate to its merits. 4 Sands's negotiation with Bradford has come to no fruit yet. 5 Bliss does not talk of making much money by the concern.--
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: G. C. Verplanck Esq. / Washington / D. C. DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 248-249.