MANUSCRIPT: BPL ADDRESS: Theophilus Parsons Esq / Tauton.-- / Mass. POSTMARK (in script): Gt Barrington Apl. 12. POSTAL ANNOTATION: 25.
New York, Apl. 29, 1824.
My dear Frances--
I have on the whole made up my mind not to come home this week 1 --the weather has been so bad that I have seen little of the city as yet-- and as there is no knowing when I shall be here again, I think I had better take time to look about me before I leave the place.--Miss [Catharine] Sedgwick has undertaken the charge of getting a bonnet for you, but as the weather has been rainy for two or three days past she has not been out, and I do not intend to come away till the bonnet is bought.
I dined yeste[rda]y at Mr. Robert Sedgwick's in a company of authors. Mr. [James Fenimore] Cooper the novelist--Mr. [Fitz-Greene] Halleck author of Fanny--Mr. [Robert Charles] Sands author of Yamoyden --Mr. Johnson the Reporter 2--& some other literary gentlemen-- Mr. Cooper engaged the whole conversation to himself--he seems a little giddy with [the] great success his works have met with. 3--Hier, au soir, nous allâmes Mons. Ives 4et moil, chez une famille Française, ou nous jouâmes au whist, et parlâmes Français tout le temps. 5 Thomas has insisted upon my accompanying him two or three times to Mr Robt Sedgwick's whose lady 6 has a very pretty sister with whom he seems (but that is between ourselves) épris [smitten], and the ladies say there is something in it;-- and that is scandal enough for one letter.--
I got in on Sunday Morning at 5 o'clock & heard two sermons from Parson Ware7 & very good ones too-- Tuesday we had [Jared] Sparks Editor of the N. American Review to dine with us--a man of very agreeable manners--he was on his way to Boston from Baltimore.
Please to tell Dr. Leavenworth, if I do not get home Monday--to make my apology to the world--& get somebody to take down the votes for me, and make the proper memorandums. 8 --Good bye-- Baisez la petite Fanchette pour moi [kiss little Fanny for me]--and give my regards to the family--
Your affectionate husband
WM C. BRYANT.
P. S. I have not told you when to expect me. --If I do not come home this week you may expect me next Wednesday--