New York Friday 18 Feb 1825
My dear Frances
I have got here at last after being three days and one night on the road. --The first day brought me to Hartford--the next carried me to New Haven, and finding no packet nor steam-boat there which would set for New York till Friday, I kept on in the stage, and the next morning at sunrise found that I had travelled the immense distance of twenty six miles during the night. Yesterday at 7 o'clock in the evening I came into New York in the midst of a smart shower of rain--and this morning, after a good long nights sleep at the City Hotel, am as well as when I set out last Monday. 1
On m'a fait beaucoup de questions au sujet de vous et de votre petite fille-- 2 I find that the Influenza has been quite as prevalent here as with us and they say it is travelling through the city-- Mrs. S[edgwick] s[ai]d this morning that the physicians computed that about four thousand people were sick with it in the city.--
Je n'ai pas eu le loisir de rien dire ni faire au sujet de mon projet-- mais je prétends de faire le meilleur usage de mon tem[p]s pendant que je reste ici, et de décider au plutôt possible ou de m'établir ici ou non. Mons. S[edgwick] est bien occupé ce matin comme il l'est tous les matins --je lui parlerai ce soir. 3 I mean at present to set out for Hudson next Wednesday morning--and I should be very glad if H. Seley could be there so as to bring me out on Saturday morning--and if you can contrive [to] give him the information so that he may make it in the way of his business to be there at that time I should be glad.-- 4
Adieu--baisez pour moi la petite Fanchette. 5
Your affectionate husband W C. BRYANT
I hope you are recovering as rapidly from your late indisposition as when I left you-- Be careful of yourself--and if it [is] necessary to have any thing done for you do not be backward about asking it.--
W. C. B.
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Mrs. Frances Bryant / Great Barrington Mass. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / FEB / 18 POSTAL ANNOTATION: 12½ DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant / N. Y--.