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n this refined hospitality by one who was his peer in accomplishments, and who graced the society of Boston and Cambridge from youth to age. There came foreigners of high rank or repute, who from time to time visited the city,— among them, in 1824, Lafayette, and four young Englishmen, Wortley, Stanley, Labouchere, and Denison; and later, Tocqueville, Morpeth, Dickens, Lyell, and Thackeray. There as a daily visitor was Hillard, almost the peer of the brilliant conversers of Holland and Lansdowne houses in their palmiest days, or of those who gathered round Samuel Rogers in St. James's Place. But with all this, and not overlooking his review of Spanish literature, it is doing no injustice to Ticknor's rank in letters to say, that, unlike his contemporaries in Boston,—Bancroft, Prescott, Longfellow, and Holmes,—he has as an author left nothing of permanent interest to mankind. His social success abroad has been noted as a mystery, and referred, not to wit or warmth of heart. but rathe<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
r of Lord Byron. June 23. Breakfast with Lord Ebrington; calls; Parliament; dinner with Mr. T. Baring. June 24. Breakfast with Sir H. Holland; visit at Lansdowne House; visited the Duchess of Sutherland at Stafford House; declined her invitation to stay at Stafford House; dinner at Lord Hatherton's, where I met old Lord Haddyll, where I met Lord Aberdeen; dined with Lord Granville, where I met Lord Clarendon and enjoyed him much, for he seemed a good man; then to a great party at Lansdowne House. June 27. Went down the Thames to the Tower; saw its curiosities; stopped at the Herald College and St. Paul's; lunched at the Mitre in the seat of Dr. Johef speeches; dined at the club, and went for a short time to see the scenic representation of Richard II. at the Princess's theatre. June 30. Breakfast at Lansdowne House, where I sat next to Lord John Russell and conversed much with him. Monckton Milnes took Me to the committees of the House of Commons, where I sat for some ti
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
d sea-bathing than in the grande monde of Paris or London. Here I have access to the cercle and to the public library; but I find no such friendly houses as yours and Martins's, and no such conversation as I enjoyed at Montpellier. At London I dined with Lord Cranworth; Brougham and Clarendon were there. We spoke of old Mr. Dalton, who was described as in great force. I also dined with Sir Henry Holland, and sat by the side of his wife, who had not forgotten Montpellier. I was at Lansdowne House, Stafford House, Holland House, Grosvenor House, Cambridge House, Argyll Lodge, etc.; and saw, perhaps, as much as could be seen in so short a time. The distrust of Louis Napoleon is universal. Rev. S. K. Lothrop, of Boston, was two days in Sumner's company at Havre, and records the latter's poor opinion of the emperor. Reminiscences, p. 231. The only person I heard speak well of him was Lady Shaftesbury. I met the Due d'aumale twice, and found him as charming as ever. If the r