Bridgewater October 9, 1814--
I enclose you an Examiner 1 which I suppose came to this place by mistake. I thought you might like to read it, if you did not meet with another copy, although you should get it rather late. I received, last mail, a goodly number of papers which shall be taken care of-- I received the other day a letter from a young man of my acquaintance, inquiring if there was any opening for a young lawyer in this quarter, as he expects to be admitted this fall. What is your opinion? If, from the affairs of state you can
"An hour, and not defraud the public weal," 2
will you be good enough to let me know what prospect the Old Colony affords to the new-fledged babe of the law, and whether you can recommend any particular situations? I am really anxious that this young man, who possesses much talent and merit should not be induced by his diffident and desponding cast of character to rest upon his haunches, without making any exertion-- 3 Some of our Soldiers have now returned upon furloughs--which makes the place seem less solitary than heretofore-- By the bye, the sixteen companies required from Hampshire County were principally filled up by voluntary enlistment-- They were not called for by single companies, but in the usual mode of drafting-- Twenty-six were called for from Cummington, who volunteered to a man-- Such is the spirit of patriotism that animates these children of the Hills.-- We are all well here. Judge Howard is at Boston--
I am, Sir,-- to use the diplomatic phrases with much consideration, Yours &c. W. C BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Hon. William Baylies / Member of Congress / Washington City.