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[171] You love labor so lovingly, and drive it with such effect, that I would risk you with Croesus's treasury. By the way, I have plans and schemes1 (speculations, the world calls them) by which I hope to make a few thousands. If I succeed I will let you know.

Believe me, your sincere friend,

To Charles S. Daveis.

Boston, Sept. 12, 1835.
my dear Sir,—I received in due season your letter with its valuable contents,—the letter of Dr. Haggard. I am always delighted—it amounts almost to a monomania in me—to see any such missive from abroad, or to hear personal, literary, or legal news about the distinguished men of whom I read. . . .

Mrs. Guild very kindly read to me, a few evenings since, portions of late letters from Mr.Ticknor and Mrs. Ticknor. They spoke of a dinner at Lord Holland's, where Mr. T. conversed much with Lord Melbourne about literature, our politics, &c., the latter giving the palm to our present chief-magistrate2 over all present and past statesmen of our country; also of a delightful concert at Lord Landsdowne's, and visits to Joanna Baillie and Mrs. Somerville.3 They were to start the day after the date of the last letter (July 24) for Ireland. Perhaps you have heard these particulars from other quarters.

The Law School is flourishing beyond a parallel, containing now upwards of fifty students.

Believe me, with great esteem,

Most truly yours,

To Dr. Francis Lieber, Columbia, S. C.

Boston, Dec. 2, 1835.
my dear friend,—Will you pardon my remissness, my long undutiful silence? Besides the usual stock of things to do, I have been compelled to prepare anew a whole number of the ‘Jurist,’ which was burnt up,— sheets, proofs, copy, and nearly all, on the morning when it was due. I begin, however, to descry land. Italiam! Italiam!

My chief anxiety now is to know that, in your journey South ‘nearer to the sun,’ you have not entirely turned your back upon me.

To-day I finished your ‘Reminiscences,’ a few minutes before I received the copy forwarded by you, for which receive my thanks. I had previously read all the extracts I could glean in the English journals, the ‘Spectator’ and the ‘Literary Gazette,’ both of which contain highly favorable notices,

1 Ante, p. 155.

2 President Jackson.

3 Life of George Ticknor, Vol. I. pp. 408, 412, 413.

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