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[346] I expressed my thanks. I observe that my remarks have been reported in a variety of journals. The ‘Newcastle Courant,’ however, contains the best report or abridgment. I have sent that paper to you, and from its report you may form some idea of the tone of the Lord Bishop's remarks about me, and my reply. You will understand that the occasion was a capital one for an extended speech; but when you consider the briefness of my remarks you will observe that I spoke in the presence of all that was most distinguished in science in the British Empire,—Herschell, Babbage, Whewell, Sedgwick, Peacock, Buckland, &c.; and that it well became me to confine myself to the strict duty of returning thanks.

[The ‘Newcastle Courant’ of Aug. 31, 1838,1 reported the speeches at a dinner of the British Association for the Promotion of Science, at which Professor Bache, of Philadelphia, and Sumner were guests, together with Professor Ehrenberg, of Berlin. The Bishop of Durham presided at the dinner. In the course of his remarks, he said:—

There was such an identity of feeling and good sense,—such an identity of every thing that had been considered almost peculiar to Britain in America,—that they could not consider each other as aliens or foreigners. They lived in distant parts of the world, it was true; but improvements in science have brought Philadelphia and New York within a short distance of this country; almost as short, in point of time, as within a century ago people could have gone from Newcastle to London. It was, therefore, with great satisfaction he brought before them Professors Bache and Ehrenberg; and he had likewise peculiar pleasure, on this occasion, in mentioning the name of Mr. Charles Sumner, who had been travelling in England, not perhaps for improvement in the abstract sciences, in which he had no doubt he would be well qualified to shine, but for the important object of making himself acquainted with our laws. He had been introduced to his learned friend and pupil, Mr. Baron Alderson, who spoke of him as he (the chairman) would not repeat in his presence. So great had been his zeal, that he had travelled part of the circuit with some of our best judges,—Lord Denman, Mr. Baron Parke, and Mr. Baron Alderson. He rejoiced to add that he was here among them at last, and he should endeavor individually to testify to him the high sense which he attached to any recommendation of such a man as Mr. Baron Alderson. In the mean time, it was gratifying to know that he was among them, profiting by their labors and partaking of the enlightened entertainment which it was their pride and gratification to give, together with a hearty welcome to their learned friends (applause).

After replies by the two professors, Mr. Sumner said:

After the remarks which had been made by his learned friend who had just sat down, he felt that to add any thing would place him under the imputation of attempting


1 The ‘Law Reporter,’ Nov., 1838, Vol. I. pp. 244-245, edited by P. W. Chandler, republished this report with a brief preface, in which it said that Mr. Sumner ‘has been everywhere received in a manner highly gratifying to his American friends, but not in the least surprising to those acquainted with him.’ The report was also printed in the Boston Advertiser of Nov. 28, 1838.

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