time I am not plagued with the disagreeable disgusting drudgery of the law--and what is still better am aloof from those miserable feuds and wranglings that make Great Barrington an unpleasant residence, even to him who tries every method in his power to avoid them.
If you have any time to spare I think you would do well to set about platting your name on every article of clothing that you are likely to have washed here. Last Saturday my laundress came with my linen and brought one cravat two pairs of stockings and a flannel wrapper that did not belong to me and I found that two cravats of my own and two pairs of stockings were missing. I sent her away with the things that did not belong to me, and have not seen her since, though it has been her usual practice to call Monday morning to take my dirty linen--and it is now five o'clock in the afternoon. I do not expect however to lose them, for she seems to be a very honest old lady, washes at the reasonable rate of 50 cents the dozen, and was sent to me by Miss Sedgwick who was kind enough to look her out for me.--
I am very glad that Frances makes such progress in learning to read, land you must tell her that when I see her again I shall expect that she will be able to read any where in Cobwebs]. 5 Mr Ward has called for the letter.--
W C BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Mrs. Frances F. Bryant/ Cummington/ Mass/ W Ward Esq. PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 219.
New York 28 June 1825.
My dear Sir
I yesterday received your beautiful translation of Goethe's ballad. We shall venture to print it--there is nothing in it with which true delicacy can be offended. I have however ventured to take the liberty you