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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 16: events at home.—Letters of friends.—December, 1837, to March, 1839.—Age 26-28. (search)
uccess abroad. I consider the country as under obligations to you for the favorable impression of our means of education and our institutions generally, which must be produced by the specimen of early scholarship and extraordinary attainment you have exhibited. Take care of your health; stay abroad till your eye is tired of seeing and your ear of hearing, and then come back and give your country the benefit of your observation and rare opportunities of improvement. Dr. Lieber wrote, Oct. 9, 1838:— Greenleaf runs up and down the coast of the Atlantic like an anxious hen, while you, a young duck, swim lustily on the ocean. He is very much afraid you will become too principled and too unprecedented. An allusion to Sumner's letters, in which he expressed a strong preference on some points for the French judicial procedure. Again, Jan. 8, 1839:— A happy New Year to you, my dear Sumner. May you see, learn, and live as much in 1839 as you have in 1838! I suppose that