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William Cullen Bryant letter

 Unprocessed — Folder: ViU2022-0070_001
Identifier: ViU-2022-0070

Content Description

This collection contains a letter from William Cullen Bryant, American poet, journalist, and longtime editor of the New York Evening Post, to Elizabeth Oakes Smith, poet and essayist. In 1872 Bryant made a speech in New York on May 22 at the dedication of John Quincey Adams Ward's statue of Shakespeare on the Mall in Central Park. Here, a week after the speech, Bryant acknowledges Mrs. Oakes Smith's praise: "I completed it in the hope that it might not altogether displease such judges as yourself, and having succeeded in that, my ambition is fully gratified."

Acquisition Type

Purchase

Provenance

Purchased from Stuart Bennett, 2 May 2022.

Restrictions Apply

No

Dates

  • May 29, 1872

Creator

Extent

.03 Cubic Feet (one letter-sized folder)

Inventory

1 letter