148 Asylum st.
Hartford, May 101
148 Asylum st.
Well, I did manage to leave Elmira, but I had to promise that I would return in fourteen days. Mr. Langdon said it was useless & foolish to go away at all—let the world talk, if it wanted to.
I have read 500 pages of proofs—have less than 200 more to read. It will be out in a few weeks, now. They have spent $5,000 on the engravings. It will be a stylish volume.
I am very glad you are going to live by yourselves, for I have felt for a long time that ‸the care of‸ keeping board‸ers‸ ing was just undermining your health & [Pamelas ]—now I am sure both will improve. And besides, a boarding-house was no place for Annie. Boarders, as a rule, are a bad lot—though you had an exceptionally good lot, with one or two exceptions—you remember to whom I refer, no doubt. I am grateful to Pamela for promising me a bed when I come—have some hope of getting there before many months.
I don’t know the date of the last money I [sent. ]—but it seems a good while ago. If you require some, let me know—I am economising because I am at a perfectly ruinous expense here—but I do not mean to economise at your expense—so speak out, if you want it.2
Yes, Annie could come to the wedding if we had one, & freely—but there won’t be any—only the family & a couple of witnesses will be present, & it will take place in Mr Langdon’s house.3
It is 2 o’clock in the morning. Good-night. Love to Orion & Mollie & all.
‸I don’t know your address.‸ 4
CU-MARK). A photographic facsimile of the letter is on pp. 532–34. The MS consists of a torn folder (two leaves) of embossed, blue-lined off-white laid paper, approximately 4 13/16 by 7 11/16 inches, inscribed on the first three pages in black ink, now faded to brown.
Provenance:see Moffett Collection, pp. 586–87.
Emendations and textual notes:
Pamelas • [sic]
sent. • [deletion implied]