ter he took his house on Park Street, his home was for more than a generation the resort of all that was most distinguished in the culture of the period; and he was assisted in 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<
d with a place which lacked libraries or other interests, he remained only a day, and left for London.
There he passed a busy month, filled with invitations to breakfasts and dinners from the Sutherlands, Lansdownes, Westminster, Granvilles, Palmerstons, Argylls, Stanhopes, Cranworths, Wensleydales, Kinnairds; as also from Reeve, Senior, Macaulay,
1808-1871. Of a noble family of Milan; exiled by Austria for her liberal ideas; a traveller and author. Sir Henry Holland, T. Baring, Buxton, Denison, and Mrs. Norton.
He met Thackeray and Cruikshank at L. B. Mackinnon's. He met again Brougham and Lyndhurst.
Lady Byron, an invalid, asked him to tea, referring to the pleasure which he and Lady Arabella King found in each other's society.
He was present at a reception at Strawberry Hill.
The Speaker gave him a seat for a month under the gallery of the House, which he frequently occupied.
London society, agreeable as it was, was too much of a strain, and he left, July 23, for Bains