James Joseph Sylvester to Barbara Leigh Bodichon

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Autograph letter, signed, 4pp. 8vo, Profr Peirce - Cambridge Mass.

'Dear Madame Bodichon -- I gave a few days ago a note of introduction to you to Miss Gilman -- the sister of our President at 'Johns Hopkins' and shall be very glad if you can throw her any attention in England -- Having nothing to do in Baltimore now until Oct I have come on here to get cool / / and to have the advantage of books and Society -- and for a few days shall be staying with my old friend Peirce whom Ben knows and who knows Ben and thinks of him in very high terms -- As he and his family will remain on at Cambridge during all the summer I may probably take rooms there coming daily into Boston where I have the entrée to the Club (the Somerset) where I write this, --as good and comfortable a house as I have ever known in / / England or elsewhere. Boston is a very pleasant town and the people more agreeable and suave in their manners and more like English people than most other Americans -- but all this I doubt not you know as the result of your own observations. Please write me a line occasionally to remind me of home friends -- After all exile is not a condition of happiness. This time next year I shall hope to visit England -- The papers are full of news respecting the next / / election for President -- which is almost certain (I am told) to be in favor of the Republican party -- although they were defeated by the Democrats at the last congressional election -- very much in the same way as our liberal party by the Conservatives and on somewhat similar grounds -- I take for granted that you will have returned to England from Algeria long before this reaches you. With my kind regards to Dr Bodichon and hoping soon to have the pleasure of hearing from you believe me Yours very truly JJ Sylvester.'