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[336] me to all his family. I owe him my thanks for his kindness. Lord Wharncliffe has treated me with no little attention; and I have been delighted by the plain, unaffected simplicity which characterizes the whole family. I am glad that it has fallen to my lot to become acquainted with two such Tories as Lord Wharncliffe and Sir Robert Inglis (from the latter I have a standing invitation to breakfast whenever I am not otherwise engaged). Their strong Tory principles no one can doubt; and their beautiful private characters have invested these principles with a charm for my mind that they never had before. Not that I am a Tory; but meeting Tories of such a character has made me charitable and catholic, and convinced me that every thing that proceeds from them is from the purest hearts and most cultivated minds.

And now, my dear Judge, I will bring this letter to a close. I have written with the most entire frankness; for to whom should I pour out my heart if not to you? You may show this to Hillard and Greenleaf; but I doubt if any stranger would not think this narrative a tissue of vanity instead of the offering of affectionate friendship.

I have received your ‘Equity Pleadings,’ and have been reading what I had not read before. The day the copies were on sale two were purchased, —one by Sutton Sharpe and the other by Joseph Parkes, the ‘Birmingham Solicitor.’ The latter I know quite well; 1 he is an able fellow.

You will receive this in the middle of a hot month. It will be a good afternoon's work to go through it. William will be on the point of quitting the quiet haven of college and trying another sphere of life. Success be with him! I shall write him probably by the same packet with this.

As I leave town soon for the circuits and for Scotland, I do not know when you will hear from me again. I shall, however, think of you in the beautiful west of England, in the mountains of Wales, the lakes of Scotland, and while I hear the brogue of Ireland. And now, good-by, and believe me

As ever, most affectionately yours,

Travellers', July 17.
P. S. To this already ‘Alexandrine’ letter I add an ‘Alexandrine’ postscript. . . .

I have not spoken of arguments before the Lords. I have attended one, and sat in conversation with the Attorney-General, Lushington, and Clark, the reporter.2 The Chancellor sat at the table below the woolsack; the benches of the Lords were bare; only two unfortunate members, to whom by


1 Joseph Parkes, 1796-1865. He was first a solicitor at Birmingham; removed to London in 1832, and was taxing master of the Court of Exchequer from 1847 until his death. He published a ‘History of the Court of Chancery,’ and was a writer for Reviews. The ‘Memoirs of Sir Philip Francis, with Correspondence and Journals,’ published in 1867, was commenced by him, and completed after his death by Herman Merivale. He was much trusted in the councils of reformers. Sumner, who bore a letter to him from John Neal, was indebted to him for several of his best introductions,—as to Brougham, Charles Austin, the Montagus, and Cobden.

2 Charles Clark, reporter (in association with W. Finnelly) of cases in the House of Lords.

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