Mr. Field6 has just told me that Mr. H D Sedgwick's friends have
heard from him within a day or two and that he is no better.
7 Mr. Field &
Mr. Griffith8 desire their respects. I write this in Mr. S[edgwick]'s office.
yr affectionate husband
W. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Mrs. Frances F. Bryant / Care of Mr. Wm Teller /
Fishkill Landing / N. Y. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / JUN / 30 POSTAL ANNNOTATION: 10.
Frances and Fanny were summer boarders at Fishkill Landing (now Beacon) on
the east bank of the Hudson sixty miles north of New York. Frances Bryant, "Autobiographical Sketch," NYPL-GR.
Two months earlier the Bryants had moved with their landlady Mrs. Meigs
from Laight Street to Thompson Street. Soon afterward Bryant took new rooms with
a Mrs. Tripler, at Walker Street and Broadway, where his family joined him in September. Ibid.
The Johnsons, apparently boarders with Mrs. Meigs, are otherwise unidentified.
But see Letter 313, and Cullen to Frances Bryant, April 14, 1836, NYPL-GR.
Little Fanny had the whooping cough that summer.
(in block letters) "To Fanny / Little one, I hope very much to see you next
Thursday in better health than you were when I left you at Newburgh. Meanwhile,
I beg you to show yourself patient and well-behaved, to love your mama and obey her,
and think sometimes of your father."
David Dudley Field, Jr. ( 1805-1894), of Stockbridge, was then a law student in
the Sedgwick brothers' office. He was later distinguished for reforming the New York
State civil and criminal codes.
Henry Sedgwick, whose unremitting work for the Greek revolutionary cause
(see Letter 155) had seriously impaired his eyesight, suffered this summer the first attack of an intermittent insanity which continued until his death four years later. Sedgwick
, Life and Letters, pp. 184-185.
179. To the Editor of the U. S. REVIEW1
[ New York, c July 10, 1827]
Hope Leslie has been placed by Miss Sedgwick's brother in the hands
of a person who has undertaken to give a review of it. Indisposition has
prevented its being ready for this number.
2 The other books you mention you may take if you please.
The address of Mr. Elliot[t], which I send you to print from, I wish
you would return, as it belongs to Mr. Verplanck.
4 Along with this I send
you some poetry of my own,
5 a piece signed W. G. C. by Willis G. Clark
6 another signed J. H. B. by my brother,
7 with several from
your quarter, and two reviews.--
You put a heavy load on my shoulders in printing the article on Clay's speeches,
9 and I have had occasion for some dexterity in parrying
the attacks made upon me for it. Clay is a political man and the article is