New York Nov 2, 1833.
My dear Sir.
I have completed the bargain with Mr. Odiorne, and have given him my book with such corrections and additions as I have been able to make. 1 I shall avail myself of your kindness to look over the proofs. As most of the typesetting is to be done from printed copy, I hope it will not give you much trouble. Should any thing occur to you respecting my book, whether in the way of objection to any parts, or otherwise, you will do me a favour to write to me about it. I need not say how much I am obliged to you for making the bargain with the publishers for me. I have a little piece by me in blank verse entitled "the Prairies" for which I have directed room to be left. It is not yet quite finished--the conclusion gives me some perplexity. 2 The winding up of these things in a satisfactory manner is often you know a great difficulty. I have sometimes kept a poem for weeks before I could do it in a manner with which I was at all pleased. All this is in favour of your advice to write a long poem. I will do it one of these days. I will write a poem as long, and as tedious I fear as heart could wish.--
I congratulate you on having become "a centre table poet." 3 Your verses will be repeated by youths and maidens and you will be their poet through life--
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 296.