New York Monday--Feb. 21, 1825.
My dear Frances,
It will not be possible for me to set out from here till Thursday next, which will bring me to Hudson on Friday afternoon. I have a little Justice action before Dr. Leavenworth on Saturday morning--if I can get home early enough to attend to it I shall be glad, if not I must let it go by the board & pay the cost myself unless it can be adjourned--at all events I cannot leave town on Wednesday, for I have just got affairs into a promising train and it will not do to run away from them till I have brought them to some conclusion--unless I would return immediately. Will you speak to Elias and request him to enter any actions that may be returnable before his father on Sat. morning if I do not get home in season. 1 I do not recollect that there are any but there may be.
My friends here are making some interest to obtain the approbation & patronage of the Athenaeum for a literary paper to be established here under my direction, and I think there is a pretty good prospect that they will succeed. The Athenaeum at present is all the rage here 2 and I think there is great probability q'un journal établi sous ses auspices aurait une circulation fort étendue. 3 At all events I shall make the experiment. Mons. Hillhouse, Dr. Wainwright, prêtre de l'église Anglicane, 4 Mons. Verplanck, et beaucoup d'autres savan[t]s de N. Y.se sont intéressés pour moi, dans ce projet, et j'ai, à ce que je pense, sujet d'espérer que, mon attentat n'échouera pas. --Baisez la petite Fanchette pour moi-- Ayez je vous prie un soin particulier de votre santé--et croyez moi
pour la vie avec la dernière passion votre ami 5 &c. W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Mrs. Frances Bryant / Great Barrington / Mass. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / FEB / 21 POSTAL ANNOTATION: 12½ PUBLISHED (in Part): Life, I, 210.