My dear Mr Fields,
leave me only one moment before
post time to say that I hope
to be in Boston /early/ next week.
Thank you heartily
for your kind letter. Tomorrow
or Monday I will write again
in greater detail
Yours ever truly
1. James Thomas Fields (1817-81), partner in Boston publishing firm of Ticknor & Fields – see  to Frederick Lehmann, 13 November 1862
2. WC returned to New York from Philadelphia on 21 October and stayed at the Westminster Hotel until he left New York for Boston on Tuesday 28th. This letter is written on a Saturday and thus dated 25 October. There is a hint of an engraving – presumably of the Hotel – on the cut top of the sheet.
3. WC arrived on 28 October and stayed at Tremont House. He dined with Fields and his wife on 29th – see Hanes (2008) pp. 40-41 and p. 104.