The American very honestly took the whole but Mr. Walsh was so modest that he could not bear to republish the particular eulogium bestowed upon his article on the life of Joel Barlow among the "original articles furnished by the accomplished Robert Walsh jr." I have looked at the preface by Lieber. 2 It is positive as to the articles of American biography being all signed and written by Mr. W. I think that I cannot do less than reprint the article from the Literary Gazette, accompanied with a statement of the facts respecting the Barlow article! I will send the paper containing what I shall say to Lieber. 3
W C BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon. G. C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington / D. C. POSTMARK: NEW YORK / APR / 22 POSTAL ANNOTATION: FREE DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant.
"The Encyclopedia Americana, now in the course of publication by Messrs. Carey, Lea: & Carey, of Philadelphia, is thus spoken of in the London Literary Gazette:
"'This is the beginning of an important and laudable undertaking; and such as, if skilfully and industriously conducted to an end, of which the volume before us gives fair promise, is likely to redound to the credit of American literature. A popular dictionary founded on the German Conversations-Lexicon, and consequently embracing all the latest knowledge of Europe, and containing also a copious collection of original articles in American biography, and other American topics, must recommend itself to notice and favour. It is a curious circumstance, that in order to make room for more valuable matter the editor has altogether omitted heraldry, as a subject of no consequence in the eyes of so new a nation as the United States; this is rather characteristic.'"
Robert Walsh edited the Philadelphia National Gazette.
New York May 21 1830.
I wrote you a day or two since an awkward letter about Mr. Dodge, which I did at the urgent request of Mr. White the younger who was anxious that something should be said to you on the subject of his father- in-law's application. Of course I know nothing about him except what his recommendations say, and you will know more about him when you see them than I do, since you are better acquainted with the persons who signed them. 1
Mr. Walsh as you have doubtless seen, gives a very lame explanation of his conduct in stealing your life of Joel Barlow. 2 He did not notice