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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 17: London again.—characters of judges.—Oxford.—Cambridge— November and December, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
are extended drawing-rooms, adorned in the choicest style with statuary and painting, and holding every thing that conduces most to comfort and luxury, with books, magazines, and papers all within call. Here also you may meet the best society of London. I have often met Hallam Henry Hallam, 1777-1859. He invited Sumner several times to dine with him,—once in company with Professor Whewell,—and expressed his regard by other attentions. Sumner met the historian again in London, in September, 1857. at the Athenaeum. I was standing the other day by the side of a pillar, so that I was not observed by him, when he first met Phillips, Thomas Phillips.—the barrister who visited America during the last summer; and he cried out, extending his hand at the same time: Well, you are not tattooed, really! Hallam is a plain, frank man, but is said to be occasionally quite testy and restless. Charles Babbage, 1790-1871; the mathematician. himself one of the most petulant men that ever<