rd Jeffrey talked all the time, and extremely well.
He admires Mrs. Lister very much for her vivacity, talent, and beauty, and made himself as agreeable as he could to her; and certainly he was very agreeable.
The superciliousness he showed when he was in America, and the quiet coldness I used to witness in him sometimes in Edinburgh, in 1819, were not at all perceptible to-day.
He was very lively, and yet showed more sense than wit. We talked a good deal about the late atrocious duel of Cilley at Washington; about his recollections of the United States, apropos of which he gave a very humorous account of his own wedding, and of a dinner at President Madison's; about the elder days of the Edinburgh Review; and about the present state of society at Edinburgh, which he represents as much less brilliant than it was when I was there formerly.
After the ladies were gone we talked about what is now a much-vexed question, in relation to Scotland,—how far the government is bound to prov