relating to the history of the country still in existence; of the new plan of a Commission relating to them, just submitted by the Minister of Public Instruction, which Thierry thinks will fail; of the politics of the times; and of the affairs of Canada.
He is much skilled in etymology, and thinks our etymologies of the word Yankee are all wrong, and that, having arisen from the collision and jeerings of the Dutch and the English, in New York and New England, it is from the Dutch Jan,—pronoun vocation perfectly, and when I came away, between twelve and one o'clock, he seemed quite unwearied.
February 28.—I spent the greater part of the evening at Thierry's very agreeably.
He takes a great interest in the movement of the French in Canada.
Ces noms Francais, he said to-night, me vont au coeur!
He is unlike his countrymen in many respects, but this is genuinely and completely French.
He cannot endure the disgrace and defeat of men who bear such names.
The last of the evening
ir E. Head, Bart. Caldwell, Lake George, August 3, 1854.
My dear Sir Edmund,—I am delighted with the news
Sir Edmund Head was appointed Governor-General of Canada.
In the autumn of this year, when he transferred his residence from Fredericton to Quebec, he passed through Boston with his family, and Mr. and Mrs. Ticknor accich I feel not the slightest disposition to deny or evade, or, in American parlance, to repudiate.
Nothing could be more agreeable to us all than to visit you in Canada.
The only time we were ever there was in the reign of the late Lord Dalhousie.
I do not know whether your residence is to be in the old chateau at Quebec, whichHowever, we will talk of these things in Boston next month.
Meantime, give our hearty congratulations to Lady Head.
She will certainly find it more agreeable in Canada, summer and winter, than in New Brunswick.
Yours faithfully, Geo. Ticknor.
My girls are out under the trees, reading the Paradiso, the eldest using the co