Autograph letter, signed, 4pp. 8vo, Athenaeum Club letterhead, 60 Maddox St W.
'Dear Me Bodichon -- Many thanks for the enclosure. Mr Gillman [Daniel Coit Gilman, president of Johns Hopkins University] will be in town early next week and Dr [Joseph] Hooker [1817-1911], botanist] will arrange for our meeting. He is desirous of seeing me and I equally so of seeing him -- the result of our interview may be momentous for me -- It is possible however that he may have made arrangements / / with other parties for the duties I contemplate undertaking and even otherwise the decision may not rest with himself. Before getting your favor I wrote to Ben to the General Post Office Poste Restant Boston enclosing a letter from Prof Peirce -- A rumour has reached me that there is an effort to be made shortly to appoint me to a fellowship at / / our old College of St John's Cambridge [he and Benjamin Smith had attended] -- The seniors there are such an ultra conservative set that I have little hope of a successful result -- but it would be inexpressibly gratifying to me were the issue a favourable one -- and might tend to modify my projects of expatriation -- as it would I think be likely to brighten my prospects in various ways besides the comfortable life income it would entail./ / The election to the vacant fellowship usually I believe takes place in October -- so that whilst the Baltimore trustees may be making up their minds I shall have time to make up mine. This is confidential. I hope you have enjoyed yr visit to Italy (?). When I know more of the likelihood of impending events I may wish if you will allow me to come to you again as my Egeria to talk matters over. I feel very much the better in mind and spirits for my short visit to the College -- With kinds regards to Tony and Miss Marks and begging to be remembered to Dr Bodichon I remain yours very truly JJ Sylvester.'Postscript written across top of first page: 'I feel a 'woman's curiosity' to know what the anxiety about you was which your 'postscript' was efficacious to 'relieve'.'