We do not like the Treasury Report here--or at least that part of it which relates to the tariff. McLane's recommendations are much of a piece with the suggestions of Mr. Clay in the Richmond Whig. McLane is just where he was when he went to England--the majority of the nation I believe is ahead of him. --The story of the American System in his report is absolutely offensive. I give him credit for honesty and frankness--but I do not believe he has thought of the subject for several years past. 2
W. C. BRYANT.
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon. G. C. Verplanck / Member of Congress Washington / D. C. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / DEC / [10?] POSTAL ANNOTATION: FREE DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant.
New York Dec 26 1831.
My dear Sir.
I shall probably set out for Washington about the middle of the month, and shall be happy to attend to any commission you may think fit to entrust to me. Col. Wetmore will probably come on with me. 1
Your share of the "book" will of course be between 80 and 90 pages as the volume will consist of 500. I am sorry you have not the prospect of more leisure--but you must write something, or the Harper's will not have the book. They bargained for it on the express condition that all the persons named should contribute. So you are pledged. 2 You say nothing about the Treasury Report. I take the liberty of imagining that it did not come up to what you expected--at all events it was much short of what I was prepared to expect from Mr. McLane. What he proposes, as conces-