Saturday morning [c June 22, 1833]
If you are at leisure will you come over to Hoboken this afternoon. I expect [ R. Ray] Ward over--and he has several things to talk about. He has a plan of sending [Samuel] Knapp to Boston to procure subscriptions for Sands's works. --He thinks of going next week himself to Philadelphia. In writing the memoir, recollect that he was born not at New York but at Flatbush during a temporary residence of the family there. He received the second honour in his class the year before he graduated, and when he received his degree pronounced the valedictory. 1
W C. BRYANT
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MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Gulian C. Verplanck Esq / 74 Leonard Street.
New York, July 2, 1833.
My dear Sir:
I do not suppose that you intended me to answer the interrogatories in your letter. They were meant, I presume, as a more delicate way of paying a compliment than by direct assertion. I may be permitted to say, however, that few circumstances connected with the history of my writings have given me more pleasure than the approbation you are pleased to express so warmly. To write verses that will please very young men and women, persons of inflammable feelings and imaginations, is no difficult matter; but to obtain the voluntary and even extravagant commendation of a veteran and distinguished votary of Science is a triumph