[ New York, January 7, 1833]
My dear Sir.
I think we must rely upon you at all events to put together the works of Sands with a biographical notice. The plan is to publish them by subscription in two volumes octavo. The execution of the plan will give little trouble; and as nobody can do the life so well as yourself, and as that is incontestably devolving on you, it would be hard not to take your opinion as to the works to which it is to be prefixed.
As to the printing of the laws of the Union I thought we were to have it. I applied for it through Mr. Cambreleng long ago--at the time when Webb turned his somerset--and should take it very hard to be thrust aside by a new claimant. --If we had not made the application so early we should hardly be disposed to contest the matter with Mr. Mumford, but to have one's application lie three months without notice, and then to have another application instantly granted, would be particularly unpleasant. 1 Mr. Cambreleng wrote the letter in the office of the Evening Post--and afterwards informed us that Mr. Livingston2 was absent at the time it arrived at Washington but the thing would unquestionably be done. If our claims are only equal to those of Mr. Mumford which we have the vanity to believe is the case, yet the circumstances under which the application was made ought we think to give us the preference. If the request be not improper, I hope you will make this representation of the case to the department.
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon G. C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington / D. C. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / JAN / 7 POSTAL ANNOTATION: FREE.
New York Jan. 11, 1833.
My dear Sir.
I send you several copies of the proposals for printing Sands's works which were left me [by] Mr. Ward with a request that I would forward them to you, and desire you to dispose of them in such a manner as would be likely to procure most subscribers. The subscription papers have been issued this early in order to take advantage of the feeling of regret pro-