y deficient in grace and the power of pleasurable excitement.
I wish to combine both.
I know the obstacles in my way. I am wanting in that intuitive tact and polish, which nature has bestowed upon some, but which I must acquire.
And, on the other hand, my powers of intellect, though sufficient, I suppose, are not well disciplined.
Yet all such hindrances may be overcome by an ardent spirit.
If I fail, my consolation shall be found in active employment.
Cambridge, March 5, 1826.—Duke Nicholas is to succeed the Emperor Alexander, thus relieving Europe from the sad apprehension of evil to be inflicted by the brutal Constantine, and yet depriving the Holy Alliance of its very soul.
We may now hope more strongly for the liberties of unchained Europe; we look in anxious suspense for the issue of the struggle of Greece, the result of which seems to depend on the new autocrat.
I have lately been reading Anastasius, the Greek Gil Blas, which has excited and delighted me; but I do n