aught dancing by the elder Papanti, as now by his son; and his hall, now resorted to only by youths, was before 1850 often the scene of assemblies where one might see the wit, beauty, and fashion of the town.
The household life of Boston at this time was most attractive.
Travellers have noted the perfect politeness, courtesy, and good breeding which prevailed in it. The Virginian,
An account of William Wirt's impressions during his sojourn in Boston in 1829 is given in his Life by J. P. Kennedy. who had been taught that there was nothing good in Yankees, and the Englishman,
Dickens's American Notes.
The best description of the literary life of Boston at this period, given by any foreign visitor, is by John G. Kohl, a German, in his paper entitled The American Athens, contributed to Bentley's Miscellany, and reprinted in Littell's Living Age, Jan. 18, 1862, and H. T. Tuckerman's America and her Commentators, pp. 311-318. His visit was made in 1857. who was filled with equal