P. S. I have a package of plants directed to you from Professor Torrey
intended probably for the Lyceum
5 which have been lying at my office
for some time. What shall I do with them?
MANUSCRIPT: BCHS PUBLISHED:
Helen L. Drew, "Unpublished Letters of William Cullen Bryant," New England Quarterly, 10 ( June 1937), 346.
Unidentified. Cyrus' letter is unrecovered.
Cyrus' search for a bride was humorously recounted by his son Cullen many
years later: "I suppose he had [concluded that] . . . it was not well for man to be
alone, and the apparent object of his journey was, if possible, to persuade some one
among his unmarried friends of the other sex to accompany him back to his prairie
home. . . . I do not know that he had any particular one in view. . . . I once heard
him tell somebody . . . that his 'popping the question' was done by letter and inferred . . . that he made more than one proposal." Failing, in the spring of 1834, to
win Elizabeth Putnam of Hartford, Cyrus returned to Illinois with a Worthington
bride, Julia Everett ( 1808-1875), whom he married at Cummington on May 13, 1834. Bryant Record, p. 66; John to Sarah Bryant, October 6, 1833, BCHS.
I.e., Peter Rush, now Arthur, Bryant. Letter unrecovered.
John Torrey ( 1796-1873, M.D. College of Physicians and Surgeons 1818) was
professor of chemistry at his alma mater, and of chemistry and natural history at Princeton. In 1826 he published A Compendium of the Flora of the Northern and
Middle States, and in 1838-1843 was joint author with Asa Gray ( 1810-1888) of Flora
of North America. Bryant had printed a critical notice of the first of these books in
the USR. See 160.1.
267. To Gulian C. Verplanck
New York Sept. 10 1833.
I am desired, through Miss Sands, by the Miss Stevenses of Hoboken,
one of whom travelled 200 miles night and day to hear your Geneva
1 to convey to you an invitation from them to drink tea at Col.
Stevens's tomorrow (Wednesday).
2 As the young lady took so long and
fatiguing a journey on your account, you will not I am sure, refuse to
take so short and agreeable a one on hers. Mr. Ward has left town, and
has written to Miss Sands to tell me that the Harpers must begin printing, and that he will be answerable for 1250 copies, having ascertained
that the subscription list will bear so large an impression. Have you settled in what order the articles are to appear? Which shall be sent to the
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon G. C. Verplanck 74 Leonard Street DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant.
A Discourse Delivered after the Annual Commencement of Geneva College,
August 7th, 1833 . . . ( New York, 1833).