Great Barrington Apl. 10, 1821.
I wrote to you some time since with an invitation to pass the summer in. Great Barrington. In your reply I did not understand you to give me a direct answer. 1 I hope that on reflection you will conclude to come. Frances joins me in this request and will do every thing in her power to render your stay here pleasant to you. I do not think that the occupation of keeping school is the best for your health that you could pursue--it would be much better for you to come and work a little and study a little with Frances--and try a new air, in this charming village. As for your earnings--I think you ought not to sacrifice your constitution to such considerations. I hope that some of us will always be able to give you a home--we shall certainly be willing to do it as long as we have homes of our own--so that you will probably be provided for somewhere, although you should not keep school this summer. 2 Will you have the goodness to write me immediately and inform me whether you will accept my proposal that I may make the necessary arrangements for bringing you down with me when I visit Cummington.
Wm. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Miss Sarah S. Bryant.
Great Barrington Apl 2[6?] 1821
I have just received yours of the 17th instant communicating a vote of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The honour thus conferred upon me is as unlooked for as it is flattering. I did not even know that I was a member of your society till I was informed of it by your letter. 1
I have concluded to accept the appointment and discharge myself of it as well as I can.
I have never attended an anniversary of the Φ. B. K. Society and must profess myself entirely unacquainted with the order of proceedings on that occasion. Of the general character of the performances I know only so much as might be gathered from reading a few of them, which have occasionally fallen in my way. As you have kindly offered to give me any information I may desire on those subjects I shall be obliged to you if