The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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There is no news stirring in these parts-- The weather for some time past has been extremely dry--and not more than two thirds of the usual quantity of hay will be cut this year--as the farmers tell me--.

Your affectionate son
WM C. BRYANT

MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Dr. Peter Bryant / Cummington / To be left at the Worthington post office POSTMARK (in script): W. Bridgewater/ July / [12?] POSTAL ANNOTATION: 18¾.

1.
Richards is unidentified, except as described in Letter 32. The occasion for his debt to Dr. Bryant is not known.
2.
See 27.1. On July 19 Samuel Howe wrote Cullen, "I wish you would alter the writ I sent you for the third Monday in August & get it served in season." NYPL-BG.

32. To Peter Bryant

Bridgewater 31 July 1815

Dear Father

I was mistaken in writing to you that I should take the stage from the North Parish to Boston on Monday. I have since seen Marshall who informs me that it passes by his tavern on Tuesday-- I shall therefore set out from Bridgewater on Tuesday, the twenty second of next 1 month and arrive at Northampton on Wednesday or Thursday evening--you will be able to satisfy yourself which.

Nothing new or strange has occurred since you left US. 2 As for our people some of them are sick with the measles--as for our weather it is very warm and very dry--as for our Indian Corn--it never looked better. This is the summary.--

I was at meeting at the North Parish yesterday--and saw my Grandfather and his wife there-- 3 They were well.

I have not seen Richards yet-- The Abington people are engaged in settling a minister; he is one of the active characters in the business; his attention may be totally absorbed by this affair, and I may be under the necessity of recalling him again by a gentle hint to his recollection.

My regards to my friends

I remain
Your affectionate Son
WM C. BRYANT

MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Dr. Peter Bryant / Cummington /To be left at the Worthington Post Office POSTMARK (in script): W. Bridgewater/ Aug. 1st POSTAL ANNOTATION: 18¾.

1.
Bryant mistakenly wrote "this month."
2.
Peter Bryant and his son Austin had apparently visited Bridgewater earlier that month. See Peter to Philip Bryant, February 24, 1815, BCHS; Samuel Howe to Cullen Bryant, July 17,1815, NYPL-BG.

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