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[313] Dr. Jackson thinks I may leave town next Wednesday, when I propose to take the railway by short stages for Berkshire, where I have several friends. Mrs. Appleton,1 who is passing the summer at Pittsfield, has kindly invited me to her house; and I have in my mind pleasing visions of jolting excursions to Lenox and Stockbridge. Anxious for a change of air, I hurry on this expedition without taking advantage of your kind invitation. The season, too, wanes; and unless I am able to put myself on the wing very soon, I shall be deprived of the pleasure—on which I have been dwelling during my whole illness—of a journey bringing with it variety of scene and air. From Berkshire my present intention is to go, by the way of the North River and New York, to Newport, where I shall breathe still another atmosphere, unlike that which enfolds the woody hills of Berkshire.

Believe me, dear Mrs. Waterston, though this note comes so tardily, truly grateful for your kindness, and most sincerely yours,


To Mr. Waterston he wrote, Aug. 25, 1844:—

Your books have been a rich mine, in which I have been working with ardor. I have read several volumes, which I had never met before. I hope to send with this the volumes of autographs, which gratified my sister as well as myself. I think I have at my office a pleasant note from Rogers, received during the last year, which is at your service. You have his likeness, but I believe no good autograph of his.

Grateful for your kindness, and particularly your friendly thoughts of me in my illness, believe me sincerely yours.

To his brother George.

Boston, Monday Evening, Aug. 26, 1844.
my dear George,—You will see that I still use the kind hand of another. I continue to gain strength daily; but am nevertheless very weak, and my pulse was to-day a hundred and four. I hope, day after to-morrow, Wednesday, to be able to leave these pent — up streets, and to escape into the country, there to taste the fresh air, to look upon the beautiful trees, and to enjoy—what I have not here—uninterrupted opportunities for exercise. At this moment it would be with difficulty that I should walk to the head of Hancock Street. I shall go to Berkshire, where the atmosphere is particularly kindly and favorable to broken-down characters like myself. After a stay of a week or more among its breezy mountains, I count upon a visit to Albert at Newport, which I shall reach by the way of the North River and New York. Thus I shall try the two best airs of the land and of the sea. But this is enough, and perhaps too much about myself.


1 A kinswoman of Sumner, ante, Vol. I. p. 2, note.

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