Alexander von Humboldt, 1769-1859.
At the time of Sumner's visit, he had recently published his Critical Examination of the Geography of the New Continent.
The first volume of the Cosmos appeared in 1845. is very kind to me. He is placed at the head of the conversers of Germany.
So far as I can compare conversation in different languages, his reminds me of Judge Story's: it is rapid, continuous, unflagging, lively, various.
He has spoken to me in the highest terms of Prescott's book,—which I saw on his table,—as has Ranke also.
In a note to me, he spoke of l'excellent et spirituel Gouverneur Everett.
Friedrich Karl von Savigny, 1779-1861.
He was a Professor in the University of Berlin, 1810-1842; and was appointed, in 1842, Minister of Justice of Prussia. I know well, and have had the great pleasure of discussing with him the question of codification.
I was told in Paris that he had modified his views on this subject of late years; but I was sorry