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Description: American romantic poet William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) penned and signed this brief letter to F. Saunders Esq. on March 12, 1852. Bryant writes: “Dear Sir, Have you any more proofs of my discourse. I have seen none since the first you brought me. Tomorrow afternoon I am going into the country and may not return till Wednesday. Yours truly W C Bryant”.

William Cullen Bryant became famous for his writing quite young, having written a diatribe, “The Embargo”, in which he rails against Thomas Jefferson. He wrote romantic poetry, his most famous poem being “Thanatopsis”. He also edited the very successful Picturesque America (1872-1874), a lavishly illustrated two-volume set that described scenes in the United States and Canada.

Saunders was probably Frederick Saunders (1807-1902), the British-American librarian who helped form the New York Public Library. Saunders originally came to America to petition Congress to pass an act to protect American and British authors, and though his efforts failed, he was backed by several notable American writers, including William Cullen Bryant. Saunders also served as city editor for the New York Evening Post, the publication of which William Cullen Bryant was editor-in-chief for decades. 5 3/4″ x 4 1/2″. Item #A01178

Condition: Mounting remnants on verso, short tears repaired on verso with archival tissue/tape, fold lines, scattered soil, some minor chips at edge. Even with all the above faults, still quite readable and displayable.