the character of being pretty steady. 4 There is now a great deal of snow on the ground.
I am sir--in haste
Your affectionate son
W C BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Dr. Peter Bryant / Cummington / By the Politeness of / Mr. Starkweather.
[Bridgewater] March 19, 1815
Yours of the 1st of this month by one of those vexatious blunders which frequently take place in conveying the mail from Boston to this place did not reach me till the 15th when the time of service for the writ you sent me had expired. If you think proper I will alter it to the next term--or do any thing you please with it-- 1
I thank you for the information you give me of the state of my father. I am very happy to hear that he is in so good a way of recovery-- 2 Mr. Baylies yesterday returned from Washington after an absence of more than six months--He has had a horrid time of it.
I reciprocate most cordially your congratulations on the return of peace. This event, so much desired, and so little expected, seems to have excited in every part of the Union a delirium of transport which has not even yet subsided. Yet whatever may be our feelings on this occasion I trust that we shall not feel much gratitude to the man who has so long and so successfully been employed in wasting the strength and debasing the character of the nation, merely because he has not suffered its very life-blood to flow from the arteries of the Union--still less when it is recollected that he was compelled to the present treaty only by the necessity of affairs-- In that hour of danger and dismay from the terrors of which we have but just now escaped we were told by the democratic party, and, for the truth must not be dissembled, by some of our own, that then was no time for the bickerings of party dispute, that we ought to unite to repel the invader from our soil and to secure an honourable