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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 13: (search)
r 4, 1818. . . . . Your letter, my dear father, has much alarmed me about my mother. . . . I pray you to speak on this subject with perfect plainness to me. Do not let me be unprepared for this blow, if indeed it awaits me. I know that what you say does not necessarily convey this dreadful implication, and I trust it is only my feelings to-day that have inferred it where it was not intended to be expressed, but I grow cold as I think of it, even among the possibilities of the future. November 7. I have never felt so disheartened and discouraged since I left home. . . . . This is chiefly owing to the sad news I have received here, Of the death of his brother-in-law, Mr. Woodward, and of his mother's indisposition. and a little to the slowness with which I proceed in the purposes for which I came. I do not mean that I find any difficulties in the language or literature, for there are none,. . . . but I have books to buy, and the booksellers are ignorant, tardy, and unaccommo