NewYork May 24 1825.
My dear Frances
Mr. James Hayward1 being about to go to Plainfield in his way through this place I avail myself of his politeness to make him the bearer of a letter to you. Miss Sedgwick also hearing last evening that he was going near you handed me a book of Geography in French with showy prints, which she desired me to "send to Fanny." I hope you will be able to read it if our little girl is not.
I am now boarding at Mons. Evrard's. 2 The family speak only French and what is better very good French, and what is better yet are very kind and amiable people. Mons. E. is a bigoted Catholic and is taking great pains to convert me to the true and ancient faith. I have been so far wrought upon by his arguments that I went yesterday to Vespers in Saint Peter's Church; but my convictions were not sufficiently strong to induce me to kneel at the elevation of the host. 3 As I have a great respect for family prayer among all denominations of Christians, I intend asking of Mons. Evrard the favour of being permitted to attend his. On these occasions, it is said he utters with inconceivable rapidity a long list of such petitions as the following--
Sainte Marie, priez pour nous.
Chaste Vierge, priez pour nous.
Mère adorable, priez pour nous.
Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous.
Maison dorée, priez pour nous. 4
This is as good, at all events, as a Calvinistic or a Trinitarian prayer and as I have been able to swallow those I do not see why I should stick at this.--
I have had one or two turns of being a little homesick since I have been here, but I think that if you and Frances were with me I should pass my time, quite as pleasantly, to say the least, as I did in Great Bairrington. 5 In the mean time I have become a great church-goer; I went three times yesterday including the Roman Catholic service, which is more I believe than I have done before these ten years.--
Tell my mother, that I have looked a little for the calico that I was to get,--I found a very pretty piece of 2½ yards, a yard in width, at 35 cents; but I have not taken it. Will you inquire & when you write will you let me know if this will be enough--if not how much more I shall want--
I might procure for you, at this moment, a very pleasant residence in Bloomingdale, at a house which Miss Eliza Robbins6 has taken for the season--about 6 miles from the city and very beautifully situated--but