Letters from Sunnyside and Spain

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young queen came along the line to speak to us, to congratulate her on her first military sally. She told me that she relished it highly. . . .


Madrid May 2, 1845

My dear Sarah,

I RECEIVED yesterday your letter of the 25th March; your "miserable scrawl" as you call it; but which I have read over and over with heartfelt pleasure. I find you begin to talk dubiously about your grand expedition to the Rhine & to Switzerland; about which you used to hold forth so confidently. I could not help picturing you to myself another Christiana setting forth with all her children on a Pilgrim's Progress, and I feared you would be sadly in want of a captain Great Heart to champion you. (I trust you have read the evangelical romance of John Bunyan.) . . .

I am still waiting for intelligence from Washington before I make my arrangements for the Summer. Should I conclude to pass it here, you need be under no apprehensions of my suffering from heat. I passed the summer before last in Madrid in my present quarters; and though out of health at the time, passed it very comfortably. My house is very large; the walls thick and the interior well ventilated. I shut out the glare and the heat of the day; remain in my spacious twilight saloons, which are almost as cool as vaults, until the sun has set, and then drive out to enjoy the evenings which are temperate,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Letters From Sunnyside 1840-1841 1
  • New York Feb 4th 1840 5
  • Sunnyside Cottage Saturday May 8th 1841 8
  • Hellgate July 11th 1841 12
  • Sunnyside Cottage Sunday July 18th 1841 17
  • Sunnyside Cottage Sept 1 1841 32
  • New York Dec 1 1841 39
  • Letters From Spain 1842-1845 43
  • Madrid Friday Aug. 12th 1842 47
  • Madrid Nov 20th 1842 49
  • Madrid Decr 10th 1842 50
  • Madrid Decr 10th 1842 53
  • Madrid Aug 25th 1843 57
  • Barcelona June 30th 1844 66
  • Madrid Jany [1845] 75
  • Madrid May 2 1845 78
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