Through a complex series of transactions between November 14 and December 1, 1832, Thomas Gill and Hetty Coleman, the founder's widow, retired from ownership in the EP, leaving Bryant, Leggett, and Charles Burnham, son of the former
business manager, as equal partners. This was effected through a $7,000 loan from Congressman Churchill Cambreleng, which was secured by a mortgage on the paper.
See "Evening Post Accounts," NYPL-GR.
Neither the occasion for, nor the amount of, Mrs. Bryant's debt to her daughter Sally's widower, now remarried, has been determined.
Roswell Hawkes (d. 1870) had succeeded the first Cummington minister,
( 1745-1825), and ran a "select school" at Cummington attended in 1826-1827
by John Bryant. Later Hawkes taught at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary after its
founding in 1836 by Mary Lyon. See Brown, John Howard Bryant, p. 13; Only One
Cummington, p. 399.
Robert Charles Sands ( 1799-1832, Columbia 1815),
Bryant close friend and
collaborator in The Talisman, Tales of Glauber-Spa, and the Sketch Club, is reported
to have died crying "Oh Bryant, Bryant." Life, I, 289. Since he was alone in the house
with his mother and sister, with Bryant next door, this seems quite probable.
252. To Gulian C. Verplanck
New York Monday Dec 17 1832
I write in great haste to tell you of the death of our friend Sands. He
had been engaged very assiduously on Sunday and the evening previous
in preparing an article for Hoffman Magazine--the Knickerbocker.
1 Between four and five o'clock yesterday afternoon he complained of indisposition, and said he would go up stairs. He rose but soon fell to the floor
and being helped to bed shortly fell into a state of stupor from which he
did not recover and in about four hours from the attack died without a
struggle. His mother and sister are in great grief. The funeral will take
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon. Gulian C. Verplanck / Member of Congress /
Washington POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / DEC / 19 POSTAL ANNOTATION: FREE DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant.
Sands article "Poetry of the Esquimaux" had been planned to accompany Bryant poem "The Arctic Lover." See Poems ( 1876), pp. 191-193. These were published with Bryant "Memoir of Robert C. Sands" in the Knickerbocker, I ( January 1833), 49-59. This was the first of many tributes to writers and artists of his acquaintance which Bryant composed over a period of forty years.
253. To Gulian C. Verplanck
New York Dec 19 1832
My dear Sir
Mr. Garcia has requested me to remind you of his petition about the
chain cables. I am sorry to give you the trouble of reading another letter