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[118] made in my studies. I speak honestly, not boastingly. With the French and Spanish languages I am familiarly conversant, so as to speak them correctly, and write them with as much ease and fluency as I do the English. The Portuguese I read without difficulty. And with regard to my proficiency in the Italian, I have only to say that all at the hotel where I lodge took me for an Italian until I told them I was an American.

I intend leaving Venice in a few days for Dresden. I do not wish to return without competent knowledge of German; and all that I can do to acquire it shall be done. The time is short, but I hope to turn it to good advantage.

It is to be noticed that in this same letter he declines with some indignation the suggestion of the Bowdoin College Faculty to change his professorship to a tutorship. It was a change suggested only because of their want of funds, but he emphasized his refusal. It is interesting to know that he wrote to Carey and Lea, the Philadelphia publishers, giving a list of New England sketches which he had

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