d noble nature.
He had been a great deal about the world, and understood its ways.
His manners were frank, open-hearted, and decisive, and, to some persons, brusque.
All men respected, many loved him.
Mrs. Perkins was the daughter of Mr. Stephen Higginson, Senior, —an important person at one time in the political affairs of the town of Boston, and the head of the commercial house of which Mr. Perkins was a member.
Mrs. Perkins was at one time very beautiful.
Talleyrand, when I was in Paris in 1818, spoke to me of her as the most beautiful young person he had ever known, he having seen her when in exile in this country.
She was always striking in her person, and very brilliant in conversation.
Her house was a most agreeable one, and I had become intimate and familiar there, dining with them generally every week.
The journey to Hartford occupied two days then; and one of those days, there being no one in the coach with us, Mr. Perkins filled wholly with an account of the Re