wrote, March 17:—
Your time has been well employed in the best society of every sort which we have to offer to a stranger; and you seem to me to have passed through the ordeal—for such it is—with balanced foot and mind.
wrote, Jan. 19:—
Let us, I beg of you, continue friends.
I will not multiply speeches, nor dilate on the many causes I have to look back with thankfulness on that casual cup of coffee at Baron Alderson's, at Liverpool, which introduced us to each other.
Only be assured (without palaver) that it will be an abiding pleasure to me to hear of you, and above all to hear from you.
In another note, without date, he wrote:—
I have an irksome presentiment that we shall not meet in London again this year.
“This year,” I repeat, for it would indeed grieve me that the grave was to close over us without another meeting; but friendship lasts where intercourse fails, and you must not forget me. God bless you, my friend, and do not neglect to write.
In a tribute to Judge Story
, Sept. 16, 1845, Sumner
referred to English judges and lawyers whom he met at that time:—
Busy fancy revives the past, and persons and scenes renew themselves in my memory.
I call to mind the recent Chancellor of England, the model of a clear, grave, learned, and conscientious magistrate,—Lord Cottenham.
I see again the ornaments of Westminster Hall, on the bench and at the bar; where sits Denman, in manner, conduct, and character ‘every inch’ the judge; where pleaded the consummate lawyer, Follett, whose voice is now hushed in the grave;--their judgments, their arguments, their conversation I cannot forget:. but thinking of these, I feel new pride in the great magistrate, the just judge, the consummate lawyer whom we lament.
I. p. 144.
During his stay in England
, as has been seen, enjoyed a rare opportunity of observing closely the men of that day who had been distinguished in Parliament or in the Cabinet
Their broad culture, their delight in classical studies, their large knowledge of history and international law, their high-bred courtesy and finished address in debate, impressed his imagination and shaped his ideal of a statesman.
Near the end of his life, when set upon by public men who envied his fame but could not comprehend his elevation of spirit, he must have recalled, in contrast with them, these exemplars of his youth.