manner, and enjoying Rome like a cultivated gentleman with much taste and considerable talent. . . . . He talks English pretty well, and knows a good deal about general history, and something about America, which he liked well to let me see. . . . .
Mr. Ticknor in later years gave the following account of an interesting scene he witnessed in Rome at this time.
It was written down immediately by one of those who heard it.
The first time I ever saw Bunsen he was introduced to me at Gottingen, in 1816, by one of the professors, and I was told that he had been two years private tutor to one of my countrymen, Mr. William B. Astor.
He was then on his way to Rome to be private secretary to Niebuhr.
A year and a half afterwards, when I went to Rome, I found him there, a married man.
I witnessed a very extraordinary scene there,—the celebration of the three-hundredth anniversary of Luther's burning the Papal bull, got up right under the nose of the Pope!
It was very curious.
he did not repay.
A younger daughter of Mad. Bonaparte came from the convent, where she had been educated, when she was fourteen, eagerly desiring to return to the convent for life.
This pious young creature married Mr. Wyse, the gentleman and scholar, and made for herself the most notoriously bad character.—Note by Mr. Ticknor, 1860. . . . .
The daughter of Madame by her first husband, Anna, is a most beautiful creature, about seventeen; just going to be married to Prince Hercolani of Bologna,—a love-match which promises much happiness.
She has not much talent, and no showy accomplishments, but has a sweet disposition and affectionate ways.
This is all the family I meet.
Two other daughters are at the convent, and a son at college.
This is a fair account of the society at Rome for this winter.
It never interferes with other occupations, for nobody dines until dark, and nobody visits in the daytime . . . . . In the evening a stranger feels very desolate; and I have always