length I was permitted to enter, Mrs. W. rose from her chair and gave me her hand. She was in a dark dress open in front with a white under dress--and her cheeks had the same unnatural colour that we used to remark when she lived in Great Barrington--rouge probably. But she was exceedingly emaciated, her figure thin, and her cheeks hollow. I was astonished at the change in her appearance. My astonishment however did not last long; hearing an odd sort of noise in the room I turned my eyes to the quarter from which it proceeded and saw a fine plump infant, four or five weeks old as I should judge, in the arms of the woman whom I saw at the window. There was a cradle too in the room, and some squares drying at the fire. Mrs. W. looked quite sober and Mr. S. a little silly. I began to suspect that my intrusion could not be very welcome; and as the child began to grow uneasy I staid but little time. On taking my leave I gave the lady the name of Mrs. W. and to make amends for this blunder I called Mr. Simpson, Mr. Sinclair. 3
Kiss little Frances for me--
Yr affectionate husband & friend
W C BRYANT
Let nothing be said nor written about this-- It is evident that the gentleman and lady do not mean to have their history made public, from the circumstances of their taking feigned names. You recollect that Bellamy 4 hesitated about letting me know their place of residence--and I have no doubt that they mean to conceal it from those who would be likely to talk about it. People have enough to talk about already--there is no necessity that we should provide them with any new topics. W. C. B.
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Mrs. Frances F. Bryant/at Mr. Lord's/ Jamaica/ Long Island POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / SEP / 18 POSTAL ANNOTATION: 6.
New York1 Sept. 19, 1825.
My dear wife
I wrote you last Friday, enclosing a ten dollar bill, and informing you that I had made arrangements for being boarded at Mrs. Meigs's this winter. I requested you also to acknowledge the receipt of my letter without loss of time. Yesterday I put another letter into the post office informing you what I had forgotten to say in my first, that our lodgings were