duced by Mr. Sands's sudden death, which I assure you is much more general than I had anticipated. I was desirous to wait for your answer to the proposition I laid before you but Mr. Ward was of opinion that any further delay would prejudice the publication, the object of which is to collect something for the family, who will be left in rather a destitute condition. You see we have put a "literary friend" into the proposals. I hope you will not refuse the undertaking as I am convinced that the success of the work will in a good degree depend on it. Indeed we all expect it. If in the execution of it there be any matters of drudgery in which I can relieve you I shall be glad to do so, for I have the thing very much at heart.
The idea takes well here while the people's hearts are soft. Mr. Ward on getting the prospectus went out yesterday morning and in a short time obtained subscribers for 100 copies. The booksellers have suffered the subscription papers to be placed gratuitously in their shops, and several individuals have undertaken to solicit subscriptions. Ward says he will "neither eat nor drink till he has slain Paul" 1 that is until he has obtained 1000 subscriptions in this city.--
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon G. C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington / D. C. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / JAN / 11 POSTAL ANNOTATION: FREE DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant.
New York Jan 25 1833.
My dear Sir.
My brother Cyrus Bryant who lives at Princeton in Putnam County, Illinois, informs me that he has forwarded to General Duncan1 a petition from the inhabitants of that County praying for the establishment of a new land district in that region. Of the grounds of this application I know nothing, except the inconvenience of the distance from Springfield the nearest land office which is very considerable. My reason for writing at present, however, is, that I wish to get for my brother, in case the district is established, the place of either Register or Receiver in the land office. Which of these offices is the best I do not know; you perhaps may; of course he would prefer the most lucrative. He has all the qualifications necessary both of character and capacity, and being of a studious turn would perhaps be allowed leisure for the prosecution of his favorite pursuit, the natural sciences. I need not say how much you would oblige me, by doing what may occur to you as likely to promote his appointment. 2
The subscription for Mr. Sands's Literary Remains takes wonder-