He (Charles Sumner) presents in his own person a decisive proof that an American gentleman, without official rank or wide-spread reputation, by mere dint of courtesy, candor, an entire absence of pretension, an appreciating spirit, and a cultivated mind, may be received on a perfect footing of equality in the best circles,--social, political, and intellectual; which, be it observed, are hopelessly inaccessible to the itinerant note-taker, who never gets beyond the outskirts of the show-houses. --Quarterly review.
In the autumn of 1837 Mr. Sumner
sailed for Europe
, taking with him letters of introduction to distinguished gentlemen abroad, from Mr. Justice Story
and other eminent civilians.
,” says Judge Story
in his letter, “is a practising lawyer at the Boston
bar, of very high reputation for his years, and already giving the promise ”