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Jefferson City (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
gar means of very doubtful value. But the greater part think nothing of these things, and are now in full cry, running down their game. I do not anticipate any decided change in principles by Harrison's advent. One thing, however, will take place,— namely, a practical alteration of our Constitution, so that no President shall be elected for more than one term. Harrison comes in pledged not to be a candidate a second time. His example will establish a precedent which will operate like Jefferson's determining not to be a candidate a third time. As his election is favored by the merchants, I think it probable that trade will take a new start. There will be new confidence, which is the muscle of credit, and business will extend its arms freely again. Perhaps we may have another speculative mania. Ever affectionately yours, Chas. To his brother George. Boston, Nov. 30, 1840. dear George,—. . . We have just recovered from the political fever, and Van Buren has suffered th
Mexico, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
since you left the country. All these are republished in England. Greenleaf is engaged upon a work on Evidence. Prescott, you know, is writing the Conquest of Mexico. It will be in three volumes, but will not be finished for several years. Sparks is in London or Paris, hunting in the offices for materials for a history of this taking up his work on Partnership, which he will carry on slowly through the summer. Prescott has completed the introduction to his history of the Conquest of Mexico, comprising an elaborate survey of the manners, institutions, and origin of the ancient Mexicans. He was on the point of going to Europe with the Appletons, to pout nine o'clock; and then we have also Franklin Dexter and wife, a daughter of Judge Prescott. William H. Prescott is now engaged on a history of the conquest of Mexico,—a subject of remarkable capacity. It has already occupied him two years and more. I have seen a programme or sketch of the proposed work, and have been astonis
Louisville (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
The country seems to be revolutionized, and the Whigs are confident. The election takes place in November. The Whigs, in anticipation of success, have already partitioned the high offices. Of course, all our troop abroad will be recalled, Stevenson leading the dance home. They have republished at Lowell — a manufacturing town in Massachusetts, and the Manchester of America-your admirable translation of Faust. I shall send you a copy of this edition by the earliest opportunity. At Louisville, on the other side of the Alleghanies, they have published a translation of Macchiavelli's Discorsi on the First Decade of Livy. Willis is at his place in the interior of New York, and is joint editor of a New York [City] paper, writing letters, stories, and articles occasionally, for which he has about three hundred and fifty pounds a year. The paper is called Brother Jonathan. What can I send you from this side of the sea? Write me soon, and believe me, Ever faithfully yours, Ch
Lancaster, Mass. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
twelve o'clock. That is tormenting to those who cannot have the same privilege. In June, he visited Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lawrence at Lowell, and in August sought, for a few days, the refreshment of sea-breezes at Nahant. He made an excursion to Lancaster with Felton, whose family was passing some weeks in that interior town, and dined with Emerson at Concord, on his way home. With Dr. Lieber, who made a visit to Boston, he had long talks about his journey. In the summer, he met for the first he smoke puffing from her funnel, which was only to cease when she touched the English pier! To Hillard again, Aug. 11:— I have just returned from an excursion in the country with Felton, to see his wife. Saturday, in a gig, we went to Lancaster. En routeto Cambridge, dined with Ralph Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, living at Concord. whom we found very agreeable and sensible. He did not lead out his winged griffins, to take us into the empyrean; so we went along as with mortal beas
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
yours, Charles Sumner. To his brother George, Florence, Italy. Boston, Friday Evening, Oct. 30, 1840. dear George,—Politics are raging; newspapers teem with stump speeches, election reports, and inflammatory editorials. Banners are waving in our streets; the front of the Atlas office is surrounded by earnest crowds. The Whig Republican Reading-room, in Scollay's Building, Pemberton Hill, is wreathed with flags and pennons. This very day the Presidential election takes place in Pennsylvania and Ohio; on Monday in Maine; in one fortnight we shall know who is to rule over us for the next four years. Without lending myself to the exulting anticipations of the Whigs, I can no longer hesitate to believe that Van Buren will lose his election, and by a very large majority. I fear the coming six months will be a perfect Saturnalia in our poor country: the Whigs, elated with success, hungry by abstinence from office for twelve years, and goaded by the recollection of ancient wrongs,
Newport (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
ional chances will be up. To Hillard, then at Woods' Hole, he wrote, Aug. 5:— This goes from Court Street,—my first lines from that street. . . . On Saturday, in the midst of rain, we went to Nahant, where we had a very pleasant dinner with Prescott, who regretted much that you could not come. General Miller dined with us, and was as agreeable and sterling as ever. This visit of General Miller to Nahant is mentioned in Prescott's Life, p. 171. Lieber is here still; he leaves for Newport on Friday. He is at the office from morning till night, and the evenings we pass together till very late. I like him more and more. His conversation is full and teeming with striking thought and abundance of illustration from all sources. Very few people in the world are his superiors. The testiness of character I pardon to the exile. We cannot have people with intellects and characters of unmixed goodness, free from all human frailties. . . . On Monday I received a beautiful letter
Florence (Italy) (search for this): chapter 22
eat book, and the extracts given tantalize me, as it will be so long before I may get the whole. Let me congratulate you on your distinguished success, and believe me, Ever very sincerely yours, Charles Sumner. To his brother George, Florence, Italy. Boston, Friday Evening, Oct. 30, 1840. dear George,—Politics are raging; newspapers teem with stump speeches, election reports, and inflammatory editorials. Banners are waving in our streets; the front of the Atlas office is surroundedt is on such occasions that the chosen friends of years only, heart-bound and time-bound, assemble and knit themselves about the sufferer. I have received no intelligence for a long time that has grieved me so much. To Horatio Greenough, Florence, Italy. Boston, Feb. 28, 1841. my dear Greenough,—Your most agreeable letter of Oct. 24 arrived while I was on a visit to New York and Philadelphia. Let me congratulate you on the completion of your statue, and the distinction it has given you
France (France) (search for this): chapter 22
n 1844. and others. Thomas Falconer, who visited Texas, and published a book on the Discovery of the Mississippi, wrote frequently while travelling, and while at home at Putney Hall. From Mittermaier, Foelix, and Julius, he also received tidings, —particularly from Mittermaier, who wrote in German. Fay kept him informed of society in Berlin, and of German politics. J. Randolph Clay wrote from Vienna of affairs in Eastern Europe. His brother George wrote of the public men and politics of France and other countries which he visited. Mr. Parkes wrote, in June, 1840:— I need not assure you of my friendship, and that the wide Atlantic does not sever it. All English Liberal lawyers have a fraternal feeling for you; and you know mine is further strengthened by my family connection with your country, and my own republican principles. Life spared to us, we are sure to meet again. This is the future state in which I rejoice,—the meeting of two late-discovered friends again in thi<
Mount Auburn (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
o learn the language as I wished. Another six months would make me master of it and of its literature . . . . Ever affectionately yours, Charles. To his brother George, Munich. Washington's Headquarters, Cambridge, Sunday, May 9, 1841. dear George,—Once again from the headquarters of our great chief. Since I last wrote you, Mrs. Craigie, the widow of the builder of Craigie's Bridge and the owner of this house, has died and been removed from its spacious rooms to a narrow bed at Mt. Auburn. It is a lovely day, and from the open window I look across the lawn and the winding Charles to Brighton and the hills that enclose Brookline. Our sky is Italian; as bright and clear as that which looks down upon Naples. It is from English travellers, who have never seen the sun in their own country, that we imbibe the idea of the superlative brightness and clearness of the Italian sky . . . . Ever yours, Charles. To Dr. Lieber, he wrote, May 12, 1841:— I knew Warburton sligh
West Point (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 22
oed to his descants on wines. . . . This morning, at seven o'clock, I took the boat up the North River, a noble stream, wanting only that element of which we were speaking yesterday,—association,—to be infinitely beautiful and interesting. West Point is a beautiful spot per se;but I must say that I gazed upon it with intentness, pleasure, and an absorbed feeling,—because it belonged to the nation. In imagination, I saw written out in its many-tinted forest the letters U. S.; and it made my at five o'clock in the afternoon, and reaches terra firmaand the railroad about two o'clock at night; by this, you will reach Boston at seven o'clock in the morning. If you do not incline to this penance, you can go up the Hudson, stopping at West Point,— which I wish you to see; then at the town of Hudson, and from Hudson come down by the railway, which you have tried once. Or, you may take still a third way (the boat to New Haven),—a very pretty place in the summer, embowered in trees, a
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