(Washington June 28th 1838)
My dear Sister,
Your letter has just come. I suppose I am to
believe you have been to Bangor, but really, I have had much
difficulty in ascertaining the interesting fact; the way in which
you speak about it, is most obscure.
I shall go to George Town in a few days, and endeavour to be
particularly amiable & agreeable.
I think I have mentioned my trip to Mount Vernon, since that,
I have been constantly employed at the obsy. night and day,
helping to make experiments & observations: we remain until after
4 generally; the stars then become too dim, and about that time
we have counted a sufficient oscillations of the Pendulum. The
nights pass most swiftly & pleasantly. Every thing is so inter-
esting & occupies the attention so entirely that time flies.
I breakfast at the fashionable hour of 12.
Last night I went to Miss Gale's wedding, the rooms were
crowded, for the rain kept us all in the house, had the weather
been clear, we should have been out of doors, the woods would have
been illuminated, & tents spread on the lawn, you must know
"the situation" is in the country, and a most charming one it is.
Near Brentwood & similar to it, in its picturesque beauty.
Well, the weather in the house was fine enough; the Ladies,
many of them were lovely, some, perfectly so, the Museum Band
at a distance & invisible made sweet music; there was waltzing,
and I passed a happy, no, that is not the word, a very pleasant
evening. I met & renewed my acquaintance with Miss Laura
Pleasanton, but I received a scolding for not calling on her, I
shall take time to do so now.
This day is clear, this night, there will be a fete
Champetre at Mr. Gale's to which I shall certainly go,
If you will let me know how much money you will require
for the things you have purchased, & for the making them up, I
shall be the better able to make further arrangements: Write
to me very soon, & tell me when you can have all ready.
A Cadet whom I met yesterday says John is doing very well,
& conforms to the regulations with military exactness.
It is possible that I may be sent to New York in a few
days. If I do go I will see John, & very likely go to Boston
for a day to see my friends, & to get some clothes, to do which
latter, I can find facilities in Boston, that are not to be met
with elsewhere, there is only a possibility of my going, however.
I shall not be home until the middle of July & then but of
a brief period.
I have written all I can think of, except that as 4 of us
were returning from Mr. Gale's last night, the carriage capsized
going down hill & spilled us out. We were delayed in righting
the carriage, but happily nothing was injured, and we arrived
home safely. Mr Walsh's carriage with his wife & sister in,
turned over at the same spot but a few minutes previously to
our mishap, and with the same good fortune, no one hurt.
Tonight we will try another road. I shall hope to have a
letter from you in immediate answer to this one
from your affect Brother
Miss L.M. Reynolds