Brookfield April 4th-- 1809--
You will doubtless find in the preceding lines 1 much that needs emendation and much that characterizes the crude efforts of puerility. They have received 2 some correction from my hands, but you are sensible that the partiality of an Author for his own compositions, and an immature judgment, may have prevented me from perceiving the most of its defects however prominent. I will endeavour to the utmost of my ability, to follow the excellent instructions which you gave me in your last. 3 I have now proceeded in my studies as far as the Seventh book of the Aeneid-- The federal party here, is now strengthened by the addition of a considerable number-- The family are still favoured with their usual degree of health-- 4 But I must conclude
Your dutiful Son
W. C. B.--
MANUSCRIPT: Iowa State Department of History and Archives ADDRESS: Doct Peter Bryant / Cummington / To be left / at the Post / office in / Worthington POSTMARK (in script): BROOKFIELD APRIL 4th-- 1809-- POSTAL ANNOTATION: 10 PUBLISHED: Life, I, 77.
[Brookfield, April? 1809] 2
Once more the Bard, with eager eye, reviews The flowery paths of fancy, and the Muse Once more essays to trill forgotten strains, The loved amusement of his native plains. Late you beheld me treading labor's round, To guide slow oxen o'er the furrowed ground; The sturdy hoe or slender rake to ply, 'Midst dust and sweat, beneath a summer sky.