The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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ster and Henry Clay seemed to have borrowed from Henry Fielding Joseph Andrews this custom of sharing one horse in their "pilgrimage" toward the "White House of Loretto," he remarked that Webster would mount first and "skirt through highways and byeways, making speeches, skimming the cream of all taverns by the road side, and eating his way to the White House, like a mouse in a cheese," at the same time permitting his rival "with great magnanimity" to "scour the country" and "reap all the glory left behind by the 'godlike man,'" until "the White House is full in view." EP, June 12, 1838.
Instead, Bryant bought land near Princeton, Illinois, where his brothers John and Cyrus settled the following fall.
No evidence has been found in Bryant's letters or other writings to support Godwin's allegation that he met and was much taken with the "quaint and pleasant talk" of a "raw youth" who led one of these militia companies, and who, he learned later, was Abraham Lincoln. See Prose, II, 20; Life, I, 283.
At Great Barrington, and during summer holidays at Fishkill Landing on the Hudson River.
Bryant's urge to visit the American camp was probably in his capacity as a journalist. He did not, however, manage to do so.

247. To Frances F. Bryant

Steam Boat Chattahoochee in the River Ohio, off Mount Vernon, Indiana, June 28th, 1832 My dear Frances.

I am as you will see by the date of my letter on my return. I shall probably arrive at Louisville tomorrow where I shall put this into the Post Office. Instead of proceeding up the river it is my intention, if I can do so conveniently to take the stage for Lexington and thence to Maysville on the Ohio which will take me through one of the finest portions of Kentucky. At Maysville I shall again take the steam boat for Guyandotte; and from Guyandotte I shall go by land across the mountains through the state of Virginia by the Natural Bridge the Sulphur Springs &c. At what time I shall reach home by this route I cannot say, probably in the course of three weeks if not sooner. The road I intend to travel will take me to Fredericksburg in Virginia and thence to Washington. When I found myself obliged to give up the plan of returning by the way of Chicago I thought of going up the river to Pittsburgh and thence to Lake Erie, but Mr. Maginnis whom I mentioned in one of my previous letters has made me such representations of the beauty of the scenery and the goodness of the accommodations on the Fredericksburg road that I have concluded to take this opportunity of seeing what I might otherwise never see in my life time.

I was detained in Jacksonville four or five days, waiting for a conveyance to take me to the Illinois river, for Jacksonville like another place we read of though very easy to get into is hard to get out of. There are plenty of horses though the best of them are now like Moll Brook "gone to the wars," 1 but wheel carriages there are none, or next to none. There is no regular line of coaches running to any place--but whenever a steam


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