Cabinet of William Cullen Bryant by Sarony

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Excellent three-quarter profile of the famous poet, lawyer and abolitionist. With Sarony and his address, Library of Congress approval and facsimile signature of Bryant mount recto. William Cullen Bryant (1794 - 1878) was a young lawyer when his poem 'Thanatopsis' first appeared in the North American Review in 1817. Inspired by the romantic lyrics of William Wordsworth, Bryant found his subject in the American landscape, especially that of New England. By 1825, critics on both sides of the Atlantic called him the finest poet in the United States. But reputation alone could not support his family, and in 1826 Bryant joined the New York Evening Post. By 1840, Bryant had largely abandoned poetry to become one of the country's leading advocates for abolition. From 1856 on, the Evening Post was a Republican paper, supporting the arming of abolitionist settlers in Kansas, deriding the Dred Scott decision, and celebrating John Brown as a martyr. In 1860, Bryant introduced Abraham Lincoln before the audience at Cooper Union in New York. Later, Bryant and the Evening Post influenced Lincoln's decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

$125  No. 2607
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