your note, and the cholera, just then, made us all sadly unpoetical. The little poem is on the other leaf. 2
I am Sir
With the highest esteem and respect
Wm. C. BRYANT
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New York Dec. 17, 1832
It is so long since I have heard from Cummington that I begin to feel some curiosity to know what has taken place in the mean time; for so long a period cannot have been entirely barren of events. I take it for granted that you did not go to Illinois last fall, as I have heard nothing of your arrival there from John or Arthur, both of whom have written to me lately. Is there any prospect that Austin will sell his farm? Does he still continue to think of emigrating? 1
John seems to be much pleased with the station which he and Cyrus had selected on the Bureau River, in Putnam County. 2 He left Cyrus there, and came back to Jacksonville where he took a school. This, however, he was obliged to give up after having kept it about a week, on account of a letter he received from Cyrus, informing him that the person whom John had engaged to assist him in his room, had gone off after working one day, --that there was no other person in the place who could be had, and that John's assistance was indispensably necessary. What Cyrus was doing, and what John was to help him about, is not explained. John, however, is in good spirits, and says that he has now a prospect of getting along in the world. Both he and Cyrus are squatters on the land they occupy. John's letter is dated Nov. 21. 3
Arthur on the other hand seems to be low spirited. His chronic rheu
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Publication information: Book title: The Letters of William Cullen Bryant. Volume: 1. Contributors: William Cullen Bryant II - Editor, Thomas G. Voss - Editor, William Cullen Bryant - Author. Publisher: Fordham University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1975. Page number: 362.