indeed; and I have just put your letter among the few things to which I recur when I wish to refresh my self-complacency. For the guidance in my botanical studies to which you allude, I have ever held myself your debtor; and that you may long live to diffuse a taste for the sciences you pursue with so much ardour and success is the prayer of
Your Sincere friend,
WILLIAM C. BRYANT.
MANUSCRIPT: Unrecovered TEXT: W. M. Smallwood, "Amos Eaton, Naturalist," New York History, 18 ( April 1937), 187-188.
"Tell me plainly--is a poet truly a Vates? Did you really feel your heavenly birth, when I gave you the name of calyx, corol, and stamen, with loftily affected look?" NYPL-BG. See also Life, 1, 2.
Vergennes July 13 1833.
I was this morning with my wife looking for you in Weybridge, but was told by a neighbour of yours who called himself Mr. Howard1 that you had gone with Miss Drake2 to Massachusetts. We were much disappointed at this though we might have saved the trouble of a ride out of our way through Weybridge had I taken the natural precaution to write to you before setting out from home in order to learn whether you would