Washington June 6th 1838
My dear Sister,
By James Thomas Gant I entrust this letter & hope
that it & the bearer may reach you in safety, he leaves tomorrow
& I have lent him $15.00 to carry him to Cornwall, he says that
having that sum now, he can square everything here, so as to
allow hia to remain with you a long time.
I have been very gay lately, Friday night I was at a large
party at Mrs. Meade’’s, given to Miss Bache that was, now Mrs.
Emons, Monday night at another at Commodore Patterson's, also
to the bride, last night at Mrs Walsh's, to a Christening, I have
not time to write plain & particular, I am busy, I cannot say when
I shall be at home.
I went to Balt'e last week on business of importance of
which you shall hear anon. Enclosed is the bill of the American
against the Journal & against Father for subsr, also a memorandum
of the Editor's, as to what they can pay &c &c, which happens to
be very little. I was there but one day and had not leisure to
hunt up the persons named, as I would have made out bills & taken
them, in the hopes of getting payment.
I suppose it unnecessary to visit Ellicott's Mills.
I have enjoyed myself vary much at the parties, there are
many lively women here, and the home of most of them, is in
the Ball room, then they shine.
Enclosed is some trash about Naples which I wrote when I had
idle moments, now I cannot spare time, put the leaves in the
I shall want some things made at home, and will write you
Your letter has just come, whoever thought I was to be in
Lancaster last week, was altogether mistaken. I had no such
intention. I presume there was some object in view, when Miss
Ann Coleman was invited to A. Schoerberg's wedding, when will
the affair be?
You can make for me, 8 towels & mark them, 2 pair sheets,
4 pillow cases, 3 red flannel shirts, like the ones already
finished, 4 pairs red flannel drawers, 6 pair woolen stockings,
they will do for the present. I shall be at home about the
1st of July I think, but only for a few days, so you must have
all things ready, write to Samuel that I shall want that piece
of linen, & that he must send it to Cornwall so that I can get it,
he must not disappoint me. May & Adams have both passed. I saw
cam Slaymaker here a few days ago.
We will be engaged all this month, night & day in making
experiments & obsns with the instruments, busy as bees. Captain
Wilkes has no idea of resigning, nor have I, nothing will tempt
me to leave the Ex. the prospects are too delightful, too
flattering, " My heart is with the Heathen, let me go!"
I cannot write any more, you must not expect any long
letters, & so with much love to all.
Lydia M. Reynolds