New York March 14, 1831.
I should have written earlier, but that I expected from one day to another to be able to give you news of the river's being open. It is several days since a steamboat went to Newburgh, and last evening one was advertised to start for Albany. Whether the river is open the whole distance to Albany or not, I cannot tell, but I doubt not that it will be, before you receive this letter. I hope therefore that as soon as you get it you will make immediate arrangements for coming down. If one of your boys has a fancy for visiting New York I will pay his expenses down. I think it will be almost as cheap as for me to go to Albany for you, and you being unused to the North River will want somebody to escort you. If either of them is willing to come you need not be at the trouble to write me fixing a day; but I think you should nevertheless set out without delay. Whoever comes should bring a trunk big enough to carry back the bundle of cloth left here by Miss Robbins, together with Faraday's book on Chemical Manipulations, 1 and some publications left by Dr. Akerly for the Cummington Lyceum. If however nobody will come down with you let me know immediately what day you will be at Albany and how you will come out. If you are brought out in a waggon, I will take up Miss Robbins's bundle, and will also deliver to the person who brings you out the money from her for Austin, but if you come out alone I will mail it at Albany. Tell Cyrus that I have written to Lieut. Waite on his account and on the 11th received the following answer "In answer to your letter of the 7th I have to say that I am at this moment entirely uninformed of the contractors views in relation to future operations and consequently I cannot say whether it will be in my power to give your brother a situation. Should the business go on as I presume it will 15 or 20 persons will be wanted. If however your brother is in good business at present, I would not advise him to leave it, as it is a matter of some uncertainty whether I shall be able to grant his request." 2 I enclose you twenty dollars. It is now my wiles turn--perhaps I shall add a postscript--
Your affectionate son.
W. C. BRYANT.
[by Frances Bryant]
By the time you receive this, probably the river will be open, and I hope you are ready to come. The traveling to Albany will be much better now, than when it gets to be muddy and the Boat you will find very comfortable. There will be no racing now, which might give you anxiety, neither will the boat be crowded with passengers. I would recommend it