of his literary work:—
Brunswick, Nov. 2, 1834.
Henry comes on famously with Outre Mer. The No. on Spain is finished and that on Italy will be before Thanksgiving.
It is by far more interesting than any of the other No's. Henry thinks himself it is much superior in point of interest and in style.
I presume he will have the remaining No's published together in N. Y. this winter.
In the midst of such literary and household cares he received the following letter:—
Cambridge, December 1, 1834.
dear Sir,—Professor Ticknor has given notice that it is his intention to resign his office of Smith Professor of Modern Languages in Harvard University, as soon as the Corporation shall have fixed upon a successor.
The duty of nominating to that office devolves upon me; and after great deliberation and inquiry my determination is made to nominate you for that office under circumstances which render your appointment not doubtful,— provided I receive a previous assurance from you