New York June 20 1825.
My dear Frances.
I hope that this letter which I shall send by Col. Ward of Worthington, 1 who is now in this city will have the good fortune to reach you earlier than most of my letters that you have received by mail. I got yours of the 11th last Friday. You mention the letter brought by Mr. Hayward as the last that had come to your hands--though I had sent off two since that, before receiving yours. I hope this will incline you to qualify your accusation of my being a negligent correspondent.
I intended to have gone over to Brooklyn, and to have finished my arrangements for our lodgings during the warm weather, before I wrote you again. I have not however been able to do it,--partly owing to the heat, which on some days has been quite oppressive--and partly because I am pretty busy in getting together matter for our next number. I shall probably be in Cummington in about 3 weeks from this time. I shall think of remaining there about a fortnight, and intend to stay about 5 days, or a week, in Great Barrington, on my return. In short I mean to make my arrangements so as to get back to New York somewhere about the first of August.--
I have not seen, nor heard any thing from your brother Egbert.-- 2 Wm. Leavenworth3 is now in town. Miss Sedgwick went about a fortnight since to Boston, to be present at the great occasion at Bunker Hill. 4
I send you along with this, by Col Ward, a little roll containing 4 lithographic prints, which I thought you might perhaps amuse yourself by copying, and then bestow them as you pleased.
Notwithstanding the heat, the noise, and the unpleasant odours of the city, I think that if you and Frances were with me, I should pass my time here much more pleasantly than at Great Barrington. I am obliged to be pretty industrious, it is true, but that is well enough.-- In the mean