at West Point, and who asks my testimony as to his qualifications. Mr. Weir possesses a high reputation among his brethren of the art, which he has justified by various exquisite productions, in the several departments of portrait landscape and historical painting. He studied, while quite a young man, three years in Italy, during which time he made the proficiency to be expected from fine natural talents, combined with the warmest enthusiasm for the art. I have no doubt of the qualifications of Mr. Weir for the place he asks; though I am sensible that my opinion in relation to such matters is of very little value. 2
I have the honor to be
with the highest respect &c.
Yr obt Servt--
Wm. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan ADDRESS: To the / Hon Lewis Cass / Secretary of War / Washington / D. C. POSTMARK: NEW- YORK / MAR / 19 DOCKETED: William C. Bryant / March 19th 1834.
New York Apl. 14 1834.
I heard of your departure on the 26th of December from Princeton and I afterwards saw an allusion to you in a letter published in a newspaper, the writer of which, a Mr. Hoffman of this city said that he met you at a tavern, a day or two's journey east of Chicago. 1 From not hearing earlier of your arrival at Cummington, I began to fear that you had lost your way, or at least that you had stopped to deliver lectures on chemistry to the backwoodsmen, but as you went so far as to let me know the fact that you are to be married I cannot understand why you keep the name of the lady a secret. You might have told us in perfect confidence that it would go no further. We would have promised not to whisper a syllable of it to the people here. 2
I should be very glad to see you before you go to the westward, but I do not see that I can come to Cummington, and if you do not come before the first of May we shall have no house to receive you. On the first day of May I shall go with my family to Great Barrington where I expect they will stay a little while.-- I shall be there a day or two. If you do not