the long and stormy passage would have worn you all out. --My love to Fanny and Julia and many kisses to Jule. Give my best regards to Mr. Longfellow and Miss Crowninshield and to Mr. Barrault and his family. Remember me also to Mr. Stuart if he is still in Heidelberg. But perhaps this letter may reach you in Paris. Adieu--write often--and let me see you as soon as you have finished your visit.--
Wm C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR ADDRESS: Madame F. F. Bryant / aux soins de Messrs Welles & Co / Banquiers / Paris POSTMARK: BUREAU MARITIME ( HAVRE) / 27 / AVRIL 1836 POSTAL ANNOTATIONS: 28 / AVRIL / 1836 / PAYS D'OUTREMER PAR LE HAVRE ENDORSED: (by Cullen Bryant) Messrs Welles & Co. will / oblige W. C. Bryant by / forwarding this to Mrs B. / at Heidelberg unless she has / given notice of her departure; (by Frances Bryant) date April 1st received May 6th.
New York31 March 1836--
$2598-75. Gracie & Sargent."
New York April 2 1836.
It is unnecessary for me to say how much the honour you have done me has increased the pleasure of my return to my native land, and how high a value I place on such a testimony of kindness from hands like yours. I cannot but feel, however, that although it might have been worthily conferred upon one whose literary labours abroad had contributed to raise the reputation of his country, yet that I, who have passed the period of my absence only in observation and study have done nothing to merit