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[182] at eight o'clock for Quebec, where I expect to arrive the next day at about three o'clock, it being a distance of one hundred and eighty-four miles.

I am still with my English friend, and like him immensely; he is full of knowledge and acquisition, without the least display.

Montreal is a stagnant place, without energy enough to keep up the appearance of life; with thirty thousand inhabitants, but without a directory; with close and crowded streets, but without lamps; and with many persons of apparent fashion but without a single hack. Holmes1 I trust has succeeded. I long to hear about it. Quincy will speak while I am in Quebec;2 I will endeavor to listen. My recollections to all my friends. The Misses Mason won all hearts at Ballston. I heard much of them while there. Judge Story I am asked about everywhere.


C. S.

To Luther S. Cushing, Boston.

Montreal, Sept. 5, 1836.
my dear Cushing,—. . . I am at the Exchange Coffee House. I have been obliged to stay here three days, during which I have seen strange things, heard much poor French jabbered, seen a parade of the soldiery and visited the courts. Do I mistake or am I right, when I think that the judges and lawyers all look better fed than ours do, more replete with wine and other good things? You see none of the paleness and the disagreeable lines of study on their countenances.

I visited the Law Library for a moment with a gentleman of the bar, who, seeing that I was a stranger, offered to introduce me. There are some few American reports,—Peters and Wheaton,—but the bulk of the Library, I think, consists of French works....

Dr. Barber3 is in Montreal, where he proposes to deliver a course of lectures on phrenology; he is full of hope, and anticipates a considerable audience. I nave had a good deal of pleasant conversation with him.

At eight o'clock this evening I start for Quebec.


Charles S.

1 Oliver Wendell Holmes's poem before the Φ. B. K. Society, entitled, ‘Poetry: a Metrical Essay.’

2 Celebration of the Second Centennial of Harvard College, Sept. 8, 1836, with an address by President Quincy. Quincy's History of Harvard University, Vol. II. pp. 639– 708. See a sketch of the pavilion, erected on the college grounds for the dinner, in ‘The Harvard Book,’ Vol. I. pp. 51. 52.

3 1784-1864. Dr. Jonathan Barber, a teacher of elocution in Harvard College when Sumner was a law student.

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