James Joseph Sylvester to Barbara Leigh Bodichon

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Autograph letter, signed, 4pp. 8vo, United Service Club, Pall Mall Londond SW letterhead, with United Service crossed through and Athenaeum written in.

'My dear Madame Bodichon - I was intending to leave on Saturday next for New-York when I last wrote to you - but found that all the berths are bespoken and as my presence is necessary this year early in September have resolved to take the Steamer for Boston on Tuesday next -- I much regret missing the hoped for gratification of seeing you this year but trust to do so early in Jun 1877 / / If you will write to me addressing your letter to me at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Md. USA it will be a great solace to me to hear from you -- I have been so much better since my return that I have been able to compose and send to the press an original Mathematical paper which will appear in the Philosophical Magazine in October next / / I heard quite incidentally and to my great surprise that your sister and Miss Blythe were in London -- Had I known of it I should of course have called immediately -- but before I could ascertain where they were staying I was informed that they had gone away again to Ems on account of your sister's illness. Please explain this and express my regret when / / you write to your sister and I shall be very glad to hear that she has got over all the effects of the bronchitis. Please present my kind regards to Dr Bodichon and believe me ever Yours most truly JJ Sylvester. The Manuscripts are I believe and am very happy to be able to say safe in Baltimore It was a groundless alarm but one which lasted for several weeks owing to a series of misadventures.'