he wrote, Aug. 20, 1842:—
I have been away on a short journey with my two sisters, Mary and Julia, and have enjoyed not a little their enjoyment of life and new scenes.
Howe started in company.
We went to Springfield; thence made an excursion to Chicopee; thence to Lenox and Stockbridge, where I left the girls to ramble about, while Howe and I started on a journey to New York, including Hell Gate, where we passed the chief of our time.
The ‘Three Graces’ were bland and lovely.
From New York I hastened back to Lenox; thence to Lebanon, where I fell in with President Van Buren; thence to Saratoga, where I saw Miss Sedgwick, Mrs. C——, and Miss A——L——; thence to Catskill and the Falls, which I admired very much, West Point, New York, and home. . . . I thank you, my dear Henry, for the words of comfort which you gave me in your last note.
I need them all, and shall lay them to heart.
God grant that you may be happy!
A beautiful career is before you, with opportunities of doing great good, of winning honor, and with the charm of loving friends in troops.
To his brother George he wrote, Aug. 31:—
I much regret your application.
I do not know the office in the country that would induce me to make such an application for myself.
Indeed, I do