wife and babies; but keep on having as jolly a time as ever, even without the luxuries of other days.
But we have got a good cook, and if you were only back in the second story front, there would indeed be reason to believe in a superintending Providence.
It's stupid in you, too, to be there in Paris, when we could keep you so nicely at work on the Cyclopaedia, filling up the gaps as we advance with printing.
But never mind — there will be a good time for us all somewhere.
My love to Mrs. Cranch, and to you, my dear Huntington, the same steady old affection which never showed a sign of giving out.
On April 6, 1858, in explanation of his delay in writing, he says:
The fact is I am a pretty busy chap.
We print about seventy-five pages a week of the Cyclopaedia, which I must prepare the copy for, and then do my part in the revision of the proofs.
Then all the afternoon and evening serving the Tribune. However, we keep good spirits and good digestion, and for constitutio
grossing as they were, could absorb or afford occupation for all Dana's energy and activity.
It must have been early in 1848-as he was in Europe during the last half of that year — that he translated and published a small volume of German Stories and Legends for children, under the title of The Black Ant.
Rudolph Garrigue, Astor House, New York, 1848-Tauchnitz, same. It included in its contents The Inkstand, The curious Cockerel, The Christ-child, The Princess Unca, Nut Cracker and sugar Dolly, and twelve others.
The last of these was the longest.
The little volume received wide circulation, and became most popular with American children, but was noticeable rather from the fact that it was one of the earliest, if not the actual forerunner, of a host which have since appeared both in Europe and America for the sepcial delectation of children.
Four years later, in 1852, he edited and prepared for the press a work illustrated with steel engravings, known as Meyer's Universum,