after they found he would not take money and was to be regarded as a gentleman. They suspected-- of this and so did he. He thought Phelps could have settled the fishery question and the Sackville questionin the latter he thought Cleveland acted hastily. In England they could not understand his action, because it was not considered that disrespect to a President meant the same as to a Queen-which he (L.) had urged upon them. Thought Phelps far better fitted than himself, as being a business man, which he hated. Is revising Fable for critics; had not read it for years and did not wonder it gave dissatisfaction. Means to put a preface explaining that he did not really write it for publication, but as a jeu d'esprit; and sent it to Briggs, who took responsibility of publishing. Said that Browning had a good deal of jealousy of Tennyson, whereas Tennyson was too absorbed in himself to be jealous of Browning. B. has Jewish blood, but will not admit it. [I asked his reasons for thinking B. Jewish.] No one who has studied his face can doubt it. He used in one case a Hebrew line, then cancelled
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Chapter 1 : old Cambridge
Chapter 2 : old Cambridge in three literary epochs
Chapter 3 : Holmes
Chapter 4 : Longfellow
Chapter 5 : Lowell
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