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[173] Sahara where you are exiled; what dew-drops or small springs of refreshing water can you meet in such a parched and arid place; or do I misconceive your situation, and have you indeed literary and social advantages? All of which I devoutly, though despairingly, hope. When shall I receive your inaugural? How does your book come on?

I send herewith Judge Story's ‘Eulogy;’1 also a prospectus of the Revue Étrangere which I have received from Foelix, and several prospectuses of the Revue de Legislation et de Jurisprudence by a Paris correspondent of mine; also the sheets of Sparks's ‘Washington,’ containing the letter which you alluded to in your correspondence with me ‘auld lang syne.’2 . . .

Yours truly,

To Dr. Francis Lieber.

Boston, Jan. 9, 1836.
my dear friend,—Before you receive this letter you will receive a newspaper containing a slight notice of your ‘Reminiscences’ with references to some English criticisms.3 Since that was written, the magazines for November have been received at the Athenaeum. The ‘Monthly Review,’ the old monthly of England, supported of old by the first scholars and writers, Burke and Mackintosh,—the same review which noticed your ‘Stranger in America’ so handsomely,—has an article of fifteen pages on your ‘Reminiscences,’ written or rather compiled in a spirit of kindness and respect towards you. It will do you good in England. If any other reviews or notices appear, I will promptly apprise you of them. The German Grammar has not yet shown itself above the rolling sea of publications. I am looking out for it, and shall probably descry it on its first kissing the light.

I omitted to send by my last letter and package the sheet from Sparks of Washington's letter to his nephew. It is not so much to the point as you hoped, I am inclined to think. You are in the midst of slavery, seated among its whirling eddies blown round as they are by the blasts of Governor McDuffie, fiercer than any from the old wind-bags of Aeolus. What think you of it? Should it longer exist? Is not emancipation practicable? We are becoming abolitionists at the North fast; the riots, the attempts to abridge the freedom of discussion, Governor McDuffie's message, and the conduct of the South generally have caused many to think favorably of immediate emancipation who never before inclined to it.

1 Upon Chief-Justice Marshall.

2 Letter of President Washington to Bushrod Washington, of July 27, 1789. Sparks's ‘Life and Writings of George Washington,’ Vol. X. p. 23. Lieber's ‘Political Ethics’ (1875) Vol. II. pp. 30-34. Bushrod Washington was the nephew of the President, and desired the appointment of District Attorney of the United States for the Virginia District. His application was not successful, but he was afterwards appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Adams.

3 Contributed by Sumner to ‘Daily Atlas,’ Jan 6, 1836.

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