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Enclosed I have the honor to send you an article which I should be pleased if you would accept for the “Democratic Review”. I am desperately pushed for money; and, in the event of Mr O'Sullivan's liking the “Landscape-Garden”, I would take it as an especial favor if you could mail me the amount due for it, so as to reach me here by the 21rst, on which day I shall need it. Can you possibly oblige me in this? If you accept the paper I presume you will allow me your usual sum, whatever that is for similar contributions - but I set no price - leaving all to your own liberality. The piece will make 8 of your pages and rather more.
Will you be kind enough to put the best possible interpretation upon my behavior while in N.York? You must have conceived a queer idea of me - but the simple truth is that Wallace would insist upon the juleps, and I knew not what I was either doing or saying. The Review of Dawes which I offered you was deficient in a ½ page of commencement, which I had written to supersede the old beginning, and which gave the article the character of a general & retrospective review. No wonder you did not take it - I should have been very much mortified if you had. I hope to see you at some future time, under better auspices.
In the meantime I remain.
Yours very truly
Should the M.S. not be accepted, please return it as soon as possible, by mail, enveloped as now.