guided somewhat by the weather. I shall be glad to see you at the earliest convenient period. --As to the money I let Austin have viz $100--when you come to settle with him you will take some kind of receipt for it-- and if there is any thing yet due him I will send it up to him as soon as you arrive and let me know the amount.
Pour mon frère qui a écrit la lettre dont vous fakes mention c'est une bête, et je manque d'expressions pour marque[r] mon mépris de sa conduite. 4
Write me soon and let me know whether I am to expect you the latter part of next week or the beginning of the week following. My love to Fanny & a kiss to the infant--and regards to all.
Yr affectionate husband,
W. C. BRYANT
New York, November 21, 1831
I am glad that you are so well pleased with the country, considering that you have become, as I suppose is the case, a landed proprietor; and I have no doubt, from your account, that, if you should choose to leave the place, you will be able to sell again at an advanced price. 1
As for yourself, I hope you are not in too great a hurry to marry. When you do, I hope you will take the step with wisdom and reflection. Marry a person who has a good mother, who is of a good family that do not meddle with the concerns of their neighbors, and who, along with a proper degree of industry and economy, possesses a love of reading and a desire of knowledge. A mere pot-wrestler will not do for you. You have tastes for study and elegance, and must not link yourself to one who has no sympathies for you in your admiration for what is excellent in literature. A woman, too, whose religious notions are fanatical would be a