New York Aug. 2, 1826.
My dearest Frances
I have just got your letter by Mr Van Deusen1 for which I am much obliged to you,--meaning to include in the expression of my gratitude the forty dollars it contains. I could have made a shift to get along without it, for Coleman2 pays me enough to go to Boston with; but now I shall have enough to settle with Mrs. Meigs, 3 and something to get us all to New York again.
While you were writing me your short letter I was writing you a very long one which I suppose you have received before this time by Mr. Sherwood. 4 As soon as you get to Cummington I wish you would Write to me at Boston for I shall probably be at the latter place almost as soon as you will have arrived at the former and if you do not write immediately I may not get the letter.
I shall send you a number of the Evening Post either by Mr. Van Deusen or by the Mail containing an account of the Commencement of Columbia College and will also mark with a pencil such paragraphs as are written by me. I have got to be quite famous as the editor of a newspaper since you were here and some of my friends--Mr. Verplanck in particular are quite anxious that I should continue so. Some compliments have been made to me about the improvement in the Evening Post &c. The establishment of the Evening Post is an extremely lucrative one. It is owned by two individuals--Mr Coleman and Mr. Burnham. 5 The profits are estimated at about thirty thousand dollars a year--fifteen to each proprietor. 6 This is better than poetry and magazines.
Mrs. Meigs's family is much reduced. Last week Nott and Lovejoy went away, this week Mr. Stoddard. 7He however expects I believe to return next month. No new boarders come, though Mrs. Meigs has what she calls applications quite frequently. I do not hear of her refusing any