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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 15: the Circuits.—Visits in England and Scotland.—August to October, 1838.—age, 27. (search)
w considerations suggested by the Conflict of Laws. They tell strange stories of Fergusson's absence of mind, some of which I hope to remember to tell you when I get home. As ever, affectionately yours, Chas. Sumner. To his sister Mary. Dublin, Sumner visited Glasgow, and probably took a steamer from Liverpool for Dublin; but no letter covering this week of his tour, Oct. 7-14, has been preserved. Oct. 14, 1838. my dear Mary,—--I write now in the coffee-room of a hotel in the capitDublin; but no letter covering this week of his tour, Oct. 7-14, has been preserved. Oct. 14, 1838. my dear Mary,—--I write now in the coffee-room of a hotel in the capital of Ireland. . . . Learn to understand your own language, my dear sister; make it a study, and fix upon it your serious thought. Most of the world speak their mother tongue unconsciously; and, like Monsieur Jourdain in Moliere's delicious comedy, would be astonished if they should be told that during all their lives they had been talking prose! Read the Bourgeois Gentilhomme, if you have not read it before now; it is easy French, and is full of pleasant turns. This sheet is enriched by a p