Robert Charles Sands was born in New York City, where he graduated from Columbia in 1815. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1820, wrote poetry and contributed to a number of periodicals. Sands assisted William Cullen Bryant in editing the New York Review (1825-26) and was on the staff of the New York Commercial Advertiser (1827-32). With Bryant and Gulian C. Verplank, Sands edited The Talisman, which published some of his verse.
The bridal of Vaumond. 1817.
Yamoyden, a tale of the wars of King Philip, in six cantos [with James Wallis Eastburn]. 1820.
The Talisman [edited with William Cullen Bryant, G. C. Verplank]. 1827-30.
Life and Correspondence of John Paul Jones. 1830.
Tales of Glauber Spa [with others]. 1832.
Writings in prose and verse. 2 vols, 1834.