The said Bryant agrees to furnish twenty poems for the New York Mirror, to be sent to the said Morris from some part of Europe. The said Morris promises to pay for each of the said poems, on delivery, thirty dollars. It is understood that the said Bryant will not, within two years from the present time, furnish any poetical contributions of his own composition, to any other monthly, weekly or daily journal in the United States.-- 1
[signed] WILLIAM C. BRYANT
[signed] GEO. P. MORRIS.
MANUSCRIPT: Saint John's Seminary, Camarillo, California
New York June 12 1834
Office of the Evening Post.
I beg leave to lay before you a statement of some circumstances connected with an application of mine to the Department of State which perhaps have not come to your knowledge.
Having formed the design of visiting the continent of Europe with my little family, I requested my friend Mr. Cambreleng to enquire of the Secretary of State whether I could be employed as a messenger of the government, to convey despatches to the Minister of the United States at the Court of France, in such a manner as to obtain a compensation which would lessen the expenses of the voyage. This Mr. Cambreleng readily agreed to do, whenever I should fix upon the time of my departure. 1 Early in February last I wrote to the same gentleman mentioning that I wished to sail in June and requested him to see Mr. McLane in season and get his answer. About the middle of the same month Mr. Cambreleng wrote me that he had mentioned my application to Mr. McLane who said there would be "no difficulty" about it. 2 Knowing that I had to do with a plain dealing administration, I thought myself authorized to rely upon the answer as affirmative, at least, in case the government of the United States should have occasion to send any despatches of importance by a messenger, for I was not by any means guilty of the absurdity of supposing that the