Petersham, July 22, 1864.
I write to give you the sum total of our plans and decisions about our wedding. We have settled upon Appleton Chapel at Harvard University, Cambridge. That is central: we shall have a host of people there and we shall be near the trains. John Brooks has secured the Chapel, getting old Tom Hill to promise to save it for us for September 6 at 11.30 A.M. We are going to have Uncle Edmund Willson marry us, assisted by Dr. A. P. Peabody. And John K. Paine will play the organ. Our wedding will be the first in Appleton Chapel. About the bridesmaids; Martha Brooks is the first of course, and we want Sue Stoughton for the second. Two groomsmen are John Brooks and George Roberts. We shall have several ushers, Shepard Gilbert for one.
There is to be no reception—people all skedadle. After changing to traveling attire we shall take the 2.30 express for Springfield and stay at the Massasoit House until the next day when we proceed to Middletown to grandma Lewis's. You and grandma Brooks and Martha will be awaiting us there, I suppose, as suggested. Grandma's house would easily hold that number—Martha and her mother in the front chamber, Abby and I in the back, and you with grandma Lewis. I long to have grandma Brooks and Martha go to Middletown to see grandma Fisk who, too old to come to our wedding, will have been sitting in her corner all alone.
I hope you will take your horses, it will give Abby a rare chance to see the beauties of the place. I believe there is nothing more to say of any consequence, about the occasion, can't go into minutiae in a letter.
I have heard from Youmans. He thinks of coming to Boston about the time of my wedding, which, he thinks it is not impossible, may be graced by the presence of himself with his womankind. He says,
"Your abrupt dash into the law arena is highly interesting: it is a capital test of the practical working quality of your genius."