had pungency, form, atmosphere.
No man of his day, not even Lowell
the “last of the bookmen,” abandoned himself more unreservedly to the delight of reading.
was an accomplished scholar in the Greek and Roman classics, as his translations attest.
He had some acquaintance with several modern languages, and at one time possessed the best collection of books on Oriental
literature to be found in America
He was drenched in the English
poetry of the seventeenth century.
His critical essays in the Dial
, his letters and the bookish allusions throughout his writings, are evidence of rich harvesting in the records of the past.
He left some three thousand manuscript pages of notes on the American Indians
, whose history and character had fascinated him from boyhood.
Even his antiquarian hobbies gave him durable satisfaction.
Then, too, he had deep delight in his life-long studies in natural history, in his meticulous measurements of river currents, in his notes upon the annual flowering of plants and the migration of birds.
The more thoroughly trained naturalists of our own day detect him now and again in error as to his birds and plants, just as specialists in Maine
woodcraft discover that he made amusing, and for him unaccountable,