New York 3. August 1821.
having not found any encouragement for my new institution in this place and as I am promised to receive $30,000. in Martinico, in order to establish a School on general principles, according to the rules of Lancaster, which were those of the Military School of Paris in the time of Louis the 15th, I am on the point of starting. I like America, but I have lost 24000. dollars in it. I am sorry to leave a country in which I have been living for 17. years.
If I do not remain in Martinico, I shall go to join my old friend Mr Bonptand, the Collaborator of My friend Mr Humboldt, up the Plata, on the Uraguay.
My idea is now to form a Normal school on the plan of the Polytechnical School, in South America, not from any Sense of interest. Just to make my fellow-Comrades useful to Society.
If You are fond of plants, Sir, I will now and then Send you something fine, through Richmond.—
I have a beautiful little garden I am very sorry to leave it.
I will also Sen to you Some Shells and Minerals.
I expect to remain in town five or Six days more. Doctor Mitchill or Mr Gahn, the Swedish Consul, would take care of my letters.
|fernagus de Gelone|
|Allié du Major-General Berthier, Prince de Neufchatel et Wagram.|
MHi: Coolidge Collection.