now I'm reading Anything For A Vote Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns by Joseph Cummins.
I always check the index first: old habit. William Cullen Bryant is mentioned twice.
On President William Henry Harrison's death: Poet William Cullen Bryant said he regretted Harrison's death only because "he did not live long enough to prove his incapacity for the office of President."
Ulysses S. Grant vs. Horace Greely Presidential campaign.
William Cullen Bryant decided that the only reason for Greeley's nomination was that "bodies of men as individuals sometimes lose their wits."