Richards. 1 There is a dancing school about to be kept in this neighborhood-- It is to be kept two evenings in a week-- The terms are seven dollars pr quarter. You will decide for me whether it would be proper to take advantage of this opportunity or not--
It has been whispered to me that I should do well to attend-- You will decide for me-- I should like to know your opinion soon as it is to commence in a few days-- I have not heard from my country to know whether it is her pleasure to accept of my services or not. I begin to suspect that the jade is determined to take no notice of me. 2
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft).
Bridgewater Dec 27, 1814
I have not been able to find the bar-rules of the Old Colony--a circumstance which I fear will occasion me some inconvenience--as I have had the satisfaction of adding since my last about half a dozen more names to your docket--
A Bridgewater winter is more intolerable than a Bridgewater summer--the wind perpetually shifting from out to in--now rain, next snow --now a frozen collection of rough points for one to hobble over--then a swimming ocean of mud for one to wade through--one day carrying off the snow that fell the day before--and while you are disappointed of your sleighing you may console yourself with the philosophical reflection that you enjoy in return the grateful vicissitudes of white and brown
I have been much engaged in reading Saunders. It is a feast compared with the chaotic miscellany of Comyns-- 1
We hear that you Legislators have got through with the conscription bill, and it is presented to the president to receive his sanction-- God forgive the poor perjured wretch if he dares sign it-- If the people of New England acquiesce in this law I will forswear federalism forever-- 2
I remain Sir
With the utmost respect
W. C BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft) PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 130.