which keep within the thick shades conduct the pedestrian from one part to another, and carriage roads lead over the open lawns into the forest and out again in various directions. The parts not planted with trees are covered with a turf kept always beautifully verdant by the showery climate. A vast number of shrubs domestic and exotic give to the plantations a variety of foliage and shades of colour which is not commonly found in European forests. --Canals from the Isar the banks of which are so contrived that they seem like natural brooks flow with a rapid current in almost as many directions as the paths which traverse the garden. They are crossed by numerous bridges which are contrived so as to produce picturesque effects, and are sometimes broken by artific[ial cas]cades and in one place the waters are collected in a little lake spotted with [smal]l islands and with trees dipping their pendant branches into the water--. . . .
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (incomplete draft) ADDRESS: To Mr. Leggett.
Heidelberg -- Oct. 11 1835.
My dear Mrs. Renner.
You cannot judge of the degree of our disappointment on being informed yesterday by M. Barrault that you had relinquished the idea of coming to Heidelberg this winter. When we arrived we were told that you were expected with the utmost confide[nce] and it was one of the principal inducements for our fixing ourselves h[ere] for the winter that we were to have the pleasure of your society. 1 I had been for several days l[ook]ing out for a house--and had just with some difficulty, for the place is full of English a[nd] other foreigners, found a house that pleased me not far from Mrs. B's and engaged it for six months, when I learned that you were not to come. Your friends the Barrault family were much afflicted by the intelligence--Madame in particular who had felt quite certain that you wou[ld] shortly arrive. My wife was frightened away from the [Köln House?] because she was told that you would not come to see her [so often as you otherwise would?] on account of its distance from Mme Barrault's where you were to stay. I can easily conceive that at this season the passage of the mountains, which I found so uncomfortable even at the end of June, might be dangerous for persons of weak lungs. Your friend[s] here I thought appeared to be much alarmed at the account you gave of your health and the post[pone]ment of a journey which
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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: 473.
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