Washington, D.C., June 18, 1861
I write to thank you, for your kindness in presiding at the meeting at Cooper Institute, and for the speech you made at the opening. I felt pleased and flattered that you should do so. It is also highly gratifying, on public grounds, that you should give the influence of your name and fame to the cause of emancipation.
SOURCE: Parke Godwin, A Biography of William Cullen Bryant, Volume 1, p. 161