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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard) 1 1 Browse Search
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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 20: (search)
Ticknor received the following letter from Baron Humboldt, of which, according to the request in the postscript, he immediately sent a translation to one of the Boston daily newspapers, with an appropriate preface. This does not seem to preclude the insertion of the original here, which will be followed by Mr. Ticknor's answer, or so much of it as has been found. mon Cher et excellent Ami,—Des rapports d'amitie qui remontent si haut dans ma famille, l'affection que mon frere Guillaume de Humboldt vous avait vouee lorsque tres jeune vous habitiez l'allemagne, m'imposent comme un devoir bien doux à accomplir, celui de vous donner un signe de vie, c'est-à--dire, une marque renouvellee de mon attachement, de mon interest pour votre patrie, un precis de mes travaux. Mes forces physiques baissent, mais avec lenteur. Ma demarche est moins certaine de direction, à cause d'une faiblesse (d'un relachement) dans les ligaments des genoux, mais je peux rester debout, sans être fatigue<