n account of William Wirt's impressions during his sojourn in Boston in 1829 is given in his Life by J. P. Kennedy. who had been taught that there was nothing good in Yankees, and the Englishman,
Dickens's American Notes.
The best description of the literary life of Boston at this period, given by any foreign visitor, is by John G. Kohl, a German, in his paper entitled The American Athens, contributed to Bentley's Miscellany, and reprinted in Littell's Living Age, Jan. 18, 1862, and H. T. Tuckerman's America and her Commentators, pp. 311-318. His visit was made in 1857. who was filled with equal prejudice against all Americans, were alike charmed as soon as they crossed its threshold; and both bore cordial tribute to the hospitality, heartiness, and refinement which they found wherever they went.
The houses were rich in the appointments already noted.
Host and hostess presided with dignity and grace; and the young women, distinguished by intelligence, style, winsomeness, and of