When I have done.
In April, 1848, he calls it a task I cannot find it in my heart to hurry, so agreeable is it to me.
Mr. Samuel Rogers, the English poet, when Mr. Ticknor's book was published and a copy of it lay on his table, said to Sir Charles Lyell, in allusion to it, I am told it has been the work of his life.
How these Bostonians do work!
His love of exactness, of thoroughness, of finding the nearest possible approach to absolute truth, was a very prevailing element in his charhere is a reference to one element in Mr. Ticknor's plan which guided him in the composition of his whole work.
It is thus expressed in notes to two friends, which accompanied presentation copies of the book when they were distributed.
To Sir Charles Lyell he says:—
You know our reading public in the United States, how large it is, as well as how craving and increasing; so that you will be less surprised than others, that I have prepared my book as much for general readers as for scholars
y. and the girls, and Charles were enough; but besides these, I had my old kind friend, Professor Welcker, every day, Pauli,—a very active, spirited young man who was secretary to Bunsen,—and Professor Gerhard, the last day, who was among those Lady Lyell wrote Anna she had seen at Berlin, and hoped we should see there, little thinking that he was an old acquaintance, and was coming right to us at Bonn.
Here it is much the same sort of thing.
Dr. Pauli told me of an enthusiastic, scholar-likrly through the letters, and do not, perhaps, lose their flavor by being delayed in chronology.
On reaching Dresden, August 13, a halt was called, and the home-like place was made headquarters for six weeks. Those dear friends, Sir Charles and Lady Lyell, happened to be in Dresden at the time of the arrival of the party; and later a meeting was arranged there, with Mr. and Mrs. Twisleton and her sister, that was delightful; besides which Dean and Mrs. Milman passed through about the same time.