New York, Aug 21, 1831--
My dear Frances
I begin my letter today expecting to finish it tomorrow after getting the letter you will have sent by young Mr. Briggs. 1 I am now at Mr. Ware's where I have been ever since last Monday--that is, for these six days past. 2 When I came here I was not precisely well and wanted somebody to make my gruel which in fact has been my diet ever since. My complaint was an obscure febrile attack brought on as my physician tells me by the same causes which produce fever and ague, though differing from that in its symptoms. In the forenoon I am pretty well and go regularly to the office --but in the afternoon I am very uncomfortable, and lie on the bed [a] great part of the time. This afternoon I am considerably better and the doctor who has called on me thinks I shall be perfectly rid of the disorder in. a few days. I am convinced that my complaint arose from sleeping in my house before it was properly aired. I have engaged Margaret to go to the house a day or two before you are expected, and give it a thorough airing and in particular to attend to the cellar and cellar kitchen which I mean to have properly scoured and cleaned and sprinkled with chloride of lime.
Be so good as to ask Cyrus what will take out the stain of indelible ink, or nitrate of silver from linen, and write me word in your next.
The weather here has been dreadfully hot for the week past. I did not go to church to day but Mr. Ware told me he had not had so small a congregation this year.
Monday 22 August
I have just got your letter by Mr. Briggs, together with one from Cyrus. 3 Cyrus refers me to you for the news, and your news seems to be pretty scanty. I expected a long letter considering that you had so long to write it in, but am disappointed at finding it so short. I take it for granted you think mine are too long. This shall be shorter.
Cyrus has written to me something about getting him a land agency but I think it very doubtful whether I shall be able to do any such thing.
As to your coming to New York although it is true the heat at present is great, yet September with us is rarely a hot month and I think you would be perfectly safe in coming down about the beginning of September. If you get here by a week from next Saturday--that will be the third of September;--if you wait till the beginning of week after next, you will arrive here about the sixth or seventh of the month. I would not wait longer at all events than the beginning of week after next. You will be