another farm, 2 and that matters are going on at Cummington, in high stile. At Bridgewater, on the contrary, nothing is taking place to diversify the dull uniformity of existence--except that a neighbouring house caught fire yesterday--which I helped to extinguish--and brought away water enough in my clothes to have put out the conflagration of a city--
We have had a late and very disagreeable season-- The earth has been
A naked subject to the weeping clouds, 3
with short intermissions, for more than six weeks. But the weather now begins to be mild and pleasant.
In July next there will be a Term of the Supreme Court at Plymouth, for the decision of law questions only--where, I am informed, some of the great luminaries of the law from Boston will be present.
Bridgewater has been remarkably healthy since I have resided in it-- I marvel greatly that there should be so little sickness here--amongst so many filthy bogs, lazy streams, and stagnant puddles.
My regards to all my friends
I am Sir
Your affectionate Son
WILLIAM C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Dr. Peter Bryant / Cummington / Favd by Mr. Otis PUBLISHED (in Part): Life, I, 138.
Bridgewater 11 July 1815
I intend to set out for Cummington on Monday the 21st of next month, and barring all extraordinary occurrences, shall of course get to Northampton on Tuesday night, or if the stage does not arrive there on Tuesdays--Wednesday night. I have seen Richards; he promises to let me have part of the money due on the note you sent me towards the close of the month. 1 If you can contrive to see Mr. Howe soon I wish you would desire him to let me know what he wishes to have done with his writ against Litchfield. The sooner you speak to him the better, otherwise I may not get word from him before suing time for August Term expires. If I do not hear from him I shall conclude that he does not mean to have the writ altered to that Court. 2