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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 7: (search)
ll. Before I knew who he was, I had a long conversation with him, Mignet, and the Princess, on the present state of the French theatre, and was much struck with his acuteness. But the hours kept at these fashionable places are intolerable . . . . February 5.—I dined to-day at Baron De Gerando's, with a tolerably large party of men of letters, whom he had asked to meet me, or at least he had asked Fauriel and one or two others on my account; Patin, the Professor of Latin at the College de France, the remplacant of Villemain; Droz, of the Academy of Moral Sciences, etc. The talk was, of course, all on literary subjects, and Fauriel was clearly the first spirit at table. In the evening, it being De Gerando's reception evening, a crowd came in; members of the Institute, peers, deputies, and men of letters in abundance. At ten I went to the de Broglies', where I found only Guizot and four or five others, and had a most agreeable time. . . . . February 6.—This evening I went with
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 20: (search)
iter encore une fois l'europe, et de rapporter, lui-meme, ses riches et belles collections botaniques et geologiques à Paris, a 85 ans, et jouit de plus de forces que moi. Je viens de publier en Allemagne le 4eme volume du Cosmos. On imprime en ce moment le 5eme volume, qui termine l'ouvrage si imprudemment commence, et si favorablement accueilli par le public. Le General Sabine maecrit que la traduction Anglaise est terminee, et va paraitre incessamment. La meme nouvelle m'est venue de France, de la part de M. Galuzzi, qui a passe tout l'hiver dans le midi, á Cannes. Le grand et bel ouvrage d'agassiz (les deux volumes) ne m'est arrive que depuis quelques jours. II produira un grand effet, par la grandeur des vues generales, et l'extreme sagacitye dans les observations speciales embryologiques. Je n'ai jamais cru que cet homme illustre, qui est en meme temps un homme de coeur, une belle âme, accepterait les offres que noblement on lui a faites à Paris. Je savais que la rec