WASHINGTON 14 May 1859.
MY DEAR HARRIET/
I send you the enclosed letter from Mr. John C. Schweizes of New York. It speaks for itself. He seems to be a warm hearted German, & I would advise you to address him a few lines. In acknowledging the compliment I have said I would send his letter to you at Judge Roosevelt's. You have been hailed as "the great Mother of the Indians," & it must gratify you to learn that your adopted countrymen desire to perpetuate your name by giving it to their children.
Two of the Secretaries & myself were to have visited Baltimore to-day to select a site for the Federal Courts; but we agreed to postpone our visit until Monday to enable them to attend a dinner given by Lord Lyons to-day to the members of the Cabinet. It is quite probable we shall be accompanied on Monday by Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Gwin, & other ladies.
What means the ominous conjunction between Mr. Van Buren & Mr. Douglas at the N. Y. Hotel? I do not however consider it ominous at all, though others do.
Sir William ought to have been very careful in obeying his instructions especially after his former experience in S. America. The British Government are not all pleased with him. We know this from Lord Lyons.
Here I was called away after ten at night to hear the music of the Knights Templars. It was, I think, excellent though I am as you know no great judge. Good night! My affectionate regards to Mrs. R. & my respectful compliments to the Judge.
MISS HARRIET LANE.
P. S. Mr. Thompson & myself intend to set out for Chapel Hill on Monday, 30th Instant. I think Mr. Magraw will accompany us. They are making great preparations to receive us. I hope you are enjoying yourself. Stay as long as it affords you pleasure. We are getting along very well. Miss Hetty is very busy in having things put in order for the summer.