fully. Mr. Ward will have no difficulty in obtaining his thousand subscribers. A subscription paper is circulating among the ladies with great
WM. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: To the / Hon G. C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington / Dist of Columbia POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / JAN / 25
POSTAL ANNOTATION: F[REE?] ENDORSED: W. C. Bryant / The Land District.
Probably Joseph Duncan ( 1794-1844), a member of Congress from Illinois, 1827-1834, and governor of that state from 1834 to 1838.
Though Cyrus was apparently not appointed to either of the offices named, he
became the first clerk of the Circuit Court for Bureau County, established with his
brother John's help in 1836-1837. Bryant Record, p. 67.
259. To David Hosack and Philip Hone1
New York, February 1, 1833.
I duly appreciate the compliment contained in your request, that I
should prepare a poetical address to be spoken at Mr. Dunlap's benefit;
and I would do much to serve a man of so much merit, and for whom
I entertain so high a regard.
I find, however, that my engagements will not give me the opportunity of composing any thing with which I should be satisfied, or which
would do credit to the occasion. I must, therefore, beg that you will select
for the purpose, some person of more leisure, and of a happier talent for
Gentlemen, with sentiments of high respect,
your obedient servant,
W. C. BRYANT.
MANUSCRIPT: Unrecovered TEXT: Knickerbocker, 1 ( May 1833), 324.
Philip Hone ( 1780-1851), a prosperous auctioneer and former mayor of New
York, was to some degree a patron of the arts, and professed a passion for the theater. Hone, Diary, I, 80. For Dr. David Hosack, see 125.4.
William Dunlap ( 1766-1839), portrait painter and a founder of the National
Academy, playwright, and theater manager, was a central figure in the arts of New
York City. His History of the American Theatre ( 1832) and History of the Rise and
Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States ( 1834) provided essential information about the artistic life of his day. The proposed theatrical benefit in recognition
of his "long and important services rendered to the Drama and to Literature" was an
indication he was already suffering the poverty and ill-health which marked his last
years. See Knickerbocker, 1 ( May 1833), 324.
A few days earlier Fitz-Greene Halleck had declined a similar invitation. The
poetic address was then supplied by George Pope Morris ( 1802-1864), editor of the NYM, who is best remembered for his popular poem "Woodman, Spare That Tree!" Adkins, Halleck, p. 258; Knickerbocker, 1 ( May 1833), 324.