lar vallies, betoken more than any thing, I have seen in America an upheaving and ingulfing of the original crust of the world. I ought in justice
to say that I have been told, that in May and June the country is far more
beautiful than it has been at any time I have seen it--and that it now
appears under particular disadvantages, in consequence of a long drought.
May I ask of you the favour to show this to Mr. Leggett and to ask
him to print such parts of it as he pleases. My wife desires her regards, and
joins me in asking you to present our best remembrances to Mrs. Ware
and our love to the children. Write me as long a letter as I have written
you, and direct to the care of Welles & Co., Paris. My wife would have
written to Mrs. Ware, but that she like others of her sex, has had "so
many other things on her hands" that she has been left little time for
writing. She has not however forgotten her promise and means to fulfil it
before leaving Florence for Rome, which will be in about . . .
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (final and draft) ADDRESS: To the Revd. William Ware / New
York / United States of America DOCKETED: Bryant. Recd Decr 24-1834.
Except for the first and last paragraphs, this letter was printed, after revision
and rearrangement, in LT I, pp. 24-28. First published in the EP for December 27,
Frances Bryant saw these anatomical specimens quite differently. Describing to
her sister a visit to the Cabinet of Natural History, she wrote, "I was shocked at the
sight of wax human organs, limbs, muscles red & raw, hearts, livers, lungs, and other
parts of the body looking as if they had just been torn out. . . . If I ever screamed
with fright, I should have screamed then. . . . I have hardly at this moment got over
the nervous trembling it produced." September 24, 1834, Letter-book, Homestead Collection.
Probably Horatio Greenough. Having met the sculptor in New York in 1828, Bryant renewed their acquaintance at Paris in August, 1834. In Florence they saw
much of each other, Bryant sitting to his friend for a portrait bust. See
, Horatio Greenough: The First American Sculptor ( Philadelphia: University
of Pennsylvania Press [ 1963]), pp. 51, 101-102; Jonathan Mason, Jr., to Thomas Cole, August 28, 1834, New York State Library; Letter 299.
Antonio Morghen ( 1788-1853), of Florence, was the son of Rafaello Morghen
( 1758-1833), eminent engraver of works by Leonardo, Raphael, and other Renaissance
masters. Giuseppe Bezzuoli ( 1784-1855), professor at the Academy in Florence, painted
a great many portraits and historical pictures. Aristodemo Costoli ( 1803-1871), another
Florentine, was both sculptor and religious painter.
Thomas Cole "View on the Arno," exhibited at the National Academy in 1832, is probably the one now owned by the Montclair Art Museum.
Cole, p. 33.
Conclusion and signature missing.
294. To Julia Sands
Florence, October 12, 1834.
I am tempted to ask what I am doing so far from my native country. If one wants to see beautiful or majestic scenery, he needs not go out
of the United States; if he is looking for striking and splendid phenomena