Hartford, Oct. 9.
It isn’t me that is delaying the book, but sickness in my family. My present book can’t get out before January I guess, I was so delayed, & as I lecture till middle of April, I can’t shoulder the pen again till May.1
My lecture being already written, I can’t talk diamonds this season, but will take the field with you on that topic next season, if you say so.2
Don’t lose your pictures—we want the book full of illustrations.
Do you want to take your patent out to the fields next fall?3
Emendations and textual notes:
tir try • tirry [‘i’ partly formed]