The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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has been cool enough. The heat of the dog-days has been so pleasantly moderated that everyone is happy. I do not remember ever having experienced weather more to my liking."

147. To Fanny Bryant

à la Nouvelle York
le 2 jour d'Août, 1826

Ma chère fille.

Je suis sûr que vous savez assez de Français et d'écriture, pour lire couramment ce que je vais vous écrire. Je suis bien-aisé d'entendre de si bonnes nouvelles de vous. Votre mère m'a averti que vous vous conduisez comme une bonne fille, et que vous êtes presque toujours de bonne humeur. Eh bien, si vous continuerez d'être sage et obdéissante, et que tu lises et épèles comme il faut, tous les jours, je vous apporterai, quand je viendrai de Boston, quelque chose que vous donnera bien du plaisir.

J'ai vu, I'autre jour, tante et Donnie. 1 Ils m'ont fair bien des questions au sujet de vous, et de votre mère, mais je ne pouvais pas leur répondre, parce que vous étiez bien loin.

Au reste, j'espère de vous voir dans quinze jours, au plutôt. Mais n'oubliez pas d'être une bonne fille.

votre très affectioné père 2
WILLIAM C. BRYANT

MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Madamoiselle Fanchette Bryant.

1.
Aunt and Donnie are unidentified.
2.
"My dear daughter. I am sure you know enough French and handwriting to read readily what I am going to write you. I am very glad to hear such good accounts of you. Your mother has informed me that you behave yourself like a good girl, and that you are almost always good-tempered. Well, if you continue to be good and obedient, and read and spell properly, every day, I shall bring you, when I come from Boston, something that will please you very much. The other day I saw aunt and Donnie. They asked me many questions about you and your mother, but I could not answer them, because you were very far off. Moreover, I hope to see you in a fortnight, or sooner. But don't forget to be a good girl. Your very affectionate father."

148. To John W. Francis1

[ New York, c August 5, 1826]

Dear Sir.

You were kind enough to promise me an article on the IIId. Vol. of Smith's History of New York which is about to appear. 2 I am now going out of town and shall remain out of town till the first of October next. I should be exceedingly glad to have the article for the October number of the U. S. Review--and for that purpose it would be well that it should be ready before the middle of September. If it cannot be ready for the Oct. No. I hope to have it for the next. Whenever it is finished if you

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