be at home or not. We left our names with Mr. Howard, and proceeded to Vergennes, but being detained here in waiting for the boat from Saturday to Monday, I have found plenty of leisure to write. We left New York on Monday last, the eighth of the month, in the steamboat. At Hudson we took the stage coach for Great Barrington where we left our two children in the care of my wife's sisters. From Great Barrington we went by the stage coach to Pittsfield; from Pittsfield to Bennington, from Bennington to Rutland and from Rutland to Middlebury a very slow and tedious and consequently somewhat expensive journey on account of the very bad arrangement of the stages. The scenery however is uncommonly beautiful and picturesque, and I have no doubt that if a rapid and regular line of stages were established it would become a favorite summer route for those who like good air, and plenty of it (for the valley from Bennington to Rutland is one of the most windy places I was ever in) and beautiful scenery.
We are now going to Montreal and shall take the boat for St. Johns on Monday. 3 It will not be in our power to stop at Weybridge on our return, nor from what Mr. Howard told me should I expect to find you at home. We hope however to have the pleasure of seeing you and Miss Drake in New York, or rather at Hoboken, where my habitation is at present, though my daily business is in New York. I think you would find a passage down the lake the rail road and the river a pleasant one, it would I believe have the attraction of novelty, and would take you but little time. 4 My wife joins me in this invitation, and desires her love. Our best regards to Miss Drake.
Your affectionate Nephew
WILLIAM C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Miss Charity Bryant / Weybridge / Vermont POSTMARK: VERGENNES / VT / JULY / 15 / 1833 POSTAL ANNOTATION: PAID 6 DOCKETED: Wm C. Bryant.
New York August 15th 1833.
I got your letter by Mr. Hartzell1 yesterday and he has promised to take care of a box directed to you. The two books it contains are for you,