New York April 1 1836
My dear Frances.
I have made it my first duty on my arrival here to make arrangements for your comfort in Europe. I find that $500-- had been remitted to Welles & Co. while I was on my way to America. This with the $500 which I now send by the first packet that sails since my arrival will give you a balance of four thousand francs, that is, nearly eight hundred dollars and not far short of two thousand florins, subject to your disposition. I have written to Messrs. Welles & Co. to honour any drafts which you might make payable to the brothers Zimmern, and to pay you the balaiace on your arrival at Paris. 1 If you should want letters of credit on any place to which you may go-write them to that effect. Cut off the receipt above and preserve it with the other which you have. 2 In case of any mistake it may be necessary to show it to Welles & Co.--
I arrived here on the evening of the 26th of March after a passage of 50 days. I was detained five days at Havre waiting for a fair wind. We got out of the harbour at last but the wind which at first was favorable soon chopped about and blew in our faces for five days more, when, the gale increasing, the Captain ran into Plymouth Harbour. The entrance of this hiarbour is quite narrow and it is impossible to get out of it without a very favorable wind which did not arrive until seven days afterwards. I went on shore twice. Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport, three towns lying close to each other and containing about a hundred thousand inhabitants, are beautifully situated at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar. The shores are bold and varied. Mount Edgecombe a nobleman's seat covered with fine trees, overlooks the water and a beautiful [basin] beside the Navy Yard at Devonport at the mouth of the river Tamar is filled with vessels of the British navy. Plymouth is talked of for its handsome women, but I saw nothing remarkable in the way of female beauty --I only took notice that all the women walked with remarkably swift and long strides and that many of them had red noses. From Plymouth to New York we had a rough passage during which I was sick the reater part of the time. I found myself the better however for keeping as much as possible on deck, and eating as much as I was able at dinner. In this way I kept up my strength and did not become, much thinner on the voyage.