this and finish in the morning if possible. If not make my best respects to your lady. My health is poor--and I am quite unfit for the business that I am now obliged to attend to. William goes to Gt. B. with me on purpose to meet you, dont disappoint us. Love to the family, tell L[ouisa] I will answer her letter when I get to Gt. B.
F. F. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: BCHS PUBLISHED: Helen L. Drew, "Unpublished Letters of William Cullen Bryant," New England Quarterly, 10 ( June 1937), 351-352.
New York April 15th, 1834.
A worthy friend of mine, long a neighbour of yours Mr. Francis Evrard2 has applied to the Collector of this Port for the place of Custom House Inspector. Swartwout gives him good words; but I hear that several vacancies have been filled by others since he applied; and I suspect that it is intended to adjourn his claim sine die. I believe that the appointment would be a useful, as I know it would be a respectable one, which is more than can be said of all Swartwout's appointments. 3 I have suggested to Mr. Evrard the expediency of writing to you who know him very well, and get you to lay his application before the Secretary of the Treasury, who, I am told sometimes directs appointments of this kind to be made. Mr. Evrard being too modest to follow my advice, I take the liberty of making the request myself. Should you think proper to interest yourself in the matter, you will oblige a very honest and industrious man who is in want of occupation. I enclose a copy of the recommendations presented by him to Swartwout the originals of which I have seen. 4 I have the honour to be
With much respect & esteem
Yr obt. Servt
WILLIAM C. BRYANT.