Your devoted son,
W. C. BRYANT
My regards to my uncle and aunt.
MANUSCRIPT: Mrs. Mildred Bryant Kussmaul, Brockton, Massachusetts ADDRESS: Dr. Peter Bryant.
[Bridgewater] Aug 20 1814
You will recollect that something was said last Spring about my reading law next winter in Boston. As Mr. Baylies will probably be soon on his way to the seat of Government it will be proper perhaps if any such plan should be thought expedient to inform him of it before he goes.1 I take this early opportunity to write to you on this subject because the mails between this place and Boston are very irregular and a letter may be, ten or a dozen days in getting from here to Worthington and vice-versa. --.I went to Plymouth last week where I staid four days and might perhaps have been obliged to stay a week had it not been for good luck in finding a Bridgewater man there with a vacant seat in his chaise. I there received a certificate in the handwriting of A[braham] Holmes Esquire & sprinkled with his snuff instead of sand for which I paid six dollars according to the tenor and substance following--"These certify that William C. Bryant a student at Law in Brother Baylies's office has been examined by us and we do agree that he be recommended by the bar to be admitted an attorney at August Term, 1815 he continuing his studies regularly till that time--
Joshua ThomasCommittee of the bar for August 9, 1814--Impress Abm Holmes Examining candidates--" By the bye I ought to have mentioned, and perhaps I did mention in my last that there is a bar rule providing that all students at law who have not had the happiness and honour of an academick degree should be examined by a committee of three any two of whom will do who were to decide how long such person should study-- Now you will see by that the time fixed to admit me to the bar is before I emerge from my minor-