New York, April 24, 1832.
My dear Sir
I have received a copy of the London edition of my poems, forwarded by you. I find it difficult to express the sense I entertain of the obligation you have laid me under, by doing so much more for me in this matter than I could have ventured, under any circumstances, to expect. Had your kindness been limited to procuring the publication of the work, I should still have esteemed the favour worthy of my particular acknowledgments, but by giving it the sanction of your name, and presenting it to the British public with a recommendation so powerful as yours on both sides of the Atlantic, I feel that you have done me an honor in the eyes of my countrymen and of the world.
It is said that you intend shortly to visit this country. Your return to your native land will be welcomed with enthusiasm, and I shall be most happy to make my acknowledgments in person.
I am sir,
very sincerely yours,
WM C. BRYANT.
MANUSCRIPT: Yale University Library ADDRESS: Washington Irving Esqr PUBLISHED: Life, I, 273-274.
Philadelphia May 22 1832
My Dear Sir,
I wrote to you some time since, to express my thanks for the kind interest you had taken in the publication of my book in England, but perceiving your name in the morning paper among those of the passengers in the last Havre packet, I conclude that my letter has not reached you. I take this opportunity therefore of doing what my absence from New York will not permit me to do at present in person, namely to say how exceedingly I am obliged to you for having done so much more for my book than I was entitled under any circumstances to expect. 1 I was not vain enough to hope that you would give it to the British public with the sanction of your name or take upon yourself in any degree the responsibility of its merit. To your having done so I ascribe the favorable reception, for such it is so far as I am able to judge, which it has met