lion and three hundred thousand people he draws, by taxation, four millions of crowns annually, of which a million only is computed to be expended in the military and civil expenses of his government. The remainder is of course applied to keeping up the state of a prince and to the enriching of his family. He passes, you know, for one of the richest potentates in Europe.
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (partial draft) TEXT: from draft manuscript and LT I, pp. 37-41.
Munich July 13, 1835.
My dear Sir
I got your letter yesterday. 2 We were all glad to hear from you and to learn that you got along with such good fortune--buying elegant carriages for a song, looking at the finest buildings and gazing on the most beautiful scenery of nature at one time and the grandest at another and being whirled over the intermediate distances with a swiftness to your heart's content, and without the nuisance of a travelling companion to interfere either with your tastes or your plans. We are sorry you did not follow your inclination to deviate a little from your course and take Munich in your way, that we might have heard a more particular description of what you have seen from your own mouth. You would have found Munich a pleasant, certainly a very clean and quite a growing city with some galleries of pictures worth seeing. Mr. Stanton came here the day after we did and stayed a week. 3 He had been at the coronation of the Emperor of Austria4 and was so pleased with the gaieties of Vienna that Munich seemed quite a dull place to him. He said that your arrival was much desired at Vienna, there being an American family there who would have been very glad to have offered you a place in their carriage to
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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: 449.