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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 23: (search)
ff's. He is here this winter from reasons connected with his health, and receives company every evening that he does not go abroad, and receives it in a very agreeable way. He is the same person who has figured so much for nearly thirty years in Russian diplomacy, his career in which he closed at Constantinople, where he much impaired his health, and resigned to live quietly. He is a man of fine manners and rich conversation. I met him at Court when I was presented, and talked with him a goodto be more on the footing of a Parisian salon than any I have been in at Dresden. There were about twenty people there to-night. December 29.—I have been two or three times at Tieck's lately; one evening there was a large party at which some Russian nobles of large fortunes, and some of the more distinguished of the Saxon nobility, were present. Among the rest was Baron Billow, a young man of a little over thirty, who belongs to the old Prussian family, but who is settled and married in Dr