If, therefore, you will send me $30 I will get you a Rect. for the whole a/c and let the $4. go towards paying for the books I have taken. 7
I doubt much whether Dr. Rogers will conclude to take the surgical instruments and books. 8 --Remember me to the family--I should be glad to hear from you--
Your affectionate son
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPTS: Weston Family Papers (final); NYPL-GR. (draft) ADDRESS: Mrs. Sarah Snell Bryant / Cummington PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 169-170, from draft, and mistakenly dated June 1821.
Great Barrington, Feb. 4th, 1821
I received yours of the 7th of January but this morning. 2 You must prepare yourself for a long letter.
You have heard you tell me that I am about to be married to a poor young lady and so ignorant that she does not know poetry from prose. 3 Again you tell me that you have heard that I am married. You then hint something about the truth of the reports you have heard. If you mean that you give credit to every scandalous story that may be circulated, about me, or about the young lady who has done me the honour to bestow her hand upon me is to say the least of it, an unkind insinuation, and might lead me to think that I did not stand very high in your good opinion or your affection.
But I acquit you of any such meaning, though I cannot believe that you would have mentioned any such idle reports had they not made