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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 15: the Circuits.—Visits in England and Scotland.—August to October, 1838.—age, 27. (search)
ydon Bridge, Northutmberlarnd: If you received any pleasure here, either in shooting at grouse or in killing a hare, I do assure you the pleasure I enjoyed in your company, when you were kind enough to favor a poor mountain curate with a visit, was as great. I not only yield to you as a matter of courtesy, being my guest, the important question as to who killed the hare, but I have another reason for doing so. For the first time, I believe, in the Annals of the Parish since it was granted by Ada, Countess of Northumberland, in the reign of Henry II., to her almoner, Matthew de Whitfield, there now stands recorded in the Game-Book, One hare: Mr. Sumner, a Republican born. The archdeacon volunteered a letter of introduction to Count Albrizzi, of Venice, in which he commended Sumner as a man of great talent, and in search of literature and all that is worth seeing; and another to Tomaso Morenigo Soranzo, of an ancient Venetian family; but neither letter was used. While we were on the