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[159] and ‘Political Ethics.’ All these were topics of correspondence between them. Sumner furnished historical illustrations for the ‘Political Ethics,’ was the first friend to whose critical eye the manuscript was submitted, and was by the direction of the author, who sailed for the West Indies in the summer of 1836, to take charge of it in case of the latter's death. The careful revision of the work, before it was given to the public, was however performed by Hillard. Lieber wrote to Sumner, Aug., 1835, ‘I want you to give me all that you can from the well stocked stores of your head. Your letters are a real treat to me.’ And again, Feb. 15, 1837, referring to Sumner's proposed visit to Europe: ‘That you are to go will be a great impediment to me, for though you are but young I know how well esteemed you are; and being young you are active for my interest. When you are gone, I shall have no friendly agent in Boston.’ He wrote, Oct. 23, ‘I don't know how I shall thank you for all your kindness and assistance;’ and again, Nov. 30, ‘I thank you for the care you have taken of my literary reputation.’ Judge Story wrote to Sumner, Dec. 2, ‘What poor Lieber will do without you, I know not. He will die, I fear, for want of a rapid, voluminous, and never-ending correspondence.’

Dr. Lieber wrote, Sept. 23, 1837:—

Let me thank you, my dear friend, most heartily for your kind addition of stock to my work in your last. The interest I see you take in my book cheers me much. Contribute more and more. It will all be thankfully received; only I am afraid I shall be embarrassed how to use it. I cannot all the time say, “contributed by a friend,” and yet I do not want to plume myself with your feathers. . . . Write me more of what you happen to think; and my dear fellow, if it were not asking too much, I would beg you to grant me a pigeon-hole in your mind while abroad: say, if you would, a memorandum-book with this title, “All sorts of stuff for Lieber.” It would be a real service of friendship.

Dr. Lieber's brain was always teeming with projects of authorship; and, in order to carry them through, he set his best friends to tasks which it was not easy to perform, and sometimes put their good nature to a strain. But with his robust understanding, his vast knowledge, and his varied experience, he gave them as much as he received. His conversation, always fresh, original, and sparkling with reminiscences, charmed the young of both sexes, and stimulated thought and study. Sumner found in him an excellent guide in the departments of political ethics and

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