thirds of the old General's cabinet are old federalists, and they have concluded not to hang the Hartford Convention men this year. Besides some of the principal diplomatic and other appointments have been made from. the federal party, and I am afraid they are all likely to escape the reward of their political sins. The other job you mention, that of writing a long poem, I have not undertaken yet, and though I sometimes think of it I doubt whether I ever shall. The great difficulty is to know what it shall be about. Hillhouse disclaims having any thing to do with a great poem.
I do not know that there is any thing doing here at present the history of which would interest you, except that an exhibition of fine old pictures has been opened of which Mr. Channing will tell you. The great city keeps on growing a little every year, and filling up with adventurers from all lands. Here is no literary circle to give the law of taste as in your neighborhood. This is a comfortable thing, but then on the other hand nobody cares any thing for literature here; and the man of genius is the man who has made himself rich.
My regards to your brother and sisters and to Mr. Allston and to Mr. Phillips if you should ever get beyond the nod you give him now and then. He is as bad a correspondent as I and there is an old debt of a letter from him of four years standing or more.
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Richard H. Dana Esq. / Cambridge / Mass. / fav. of Prof. Channing DOCKETED: From / Wm. C. Bryant / Ap. 17, 1830.
New York April 22 1830
I find the following in Walsh's paper of yesterday. 1
This was taken from the New York American of Tuesday where it appeared with the same heading which it has in the above. In copying it however Mr. Walsh omitted the following part which immediately follows in the same paragraph-- "We have also been amused with some of the references such as 'Acts of Faith, see Inquisition' 'Actors see Actresses' &c. The volume extends from the letter A. to the word 'battle,' and is altogether a well-executed design and replete with information judiciously compressed. Such biographical sketches as it contains ( Joel Barlow for example) are well done and add much to the value of the work for English readers."