, meeting at the dinner John Neal
and later in the afternoon Stephen Longfellow
, the father of the poet.
After leave-takings with his teachers, Story and Greenleaf
, and President Quincy
, at Cambridge
, his family at home, his intimate friends, and among these, last of all, Hillard
—one of the kindest and most devoted that ever a man had,—he left Boston
late in November, making before he sailed a quick visit to Washington
, where he obtained his passport and was made bearer of despatches,—an appointment which then brought some advantages to a traveller.
On the way he stopped at Burlington, N. J.
, to bid good-by to a friend,—a lady recently betrothed to Cleveland
, one of the ‘Five,’—tarried a day in Philadelphia
where he dined with Mr. Peters
and spent the evening with Mr. Ingersoll
, and passed a few hours in Baltimore
with reference to some promised letters of introduction.
During his preparations for departure, and when about to embark, he received many letters from friends, expressing deep interest in his welfare, and full of benedictions.
, who addressed him as ‘Young man on the threshold of a great life,’ wrote from Columbia, S. C.
, Oct. 7,—
How I would enjoy an intense, deep, and vast life could I accompany you, and learn, admire, adore with you, and initiate you in the great temple of the beautiful and good!
And again, Oct. 17:—
Good-by, my dear friend.
May God protect you on the deep and on the main!
May he vouchsafe you good health, acute senses, a cheerful mind to observe and receive every thing that comes in your way!
Keep an affectionate heart for your friends, and do not allow yourself to be torn every way by the many thousand different and interesting things.
Keep steady and within bounds.
I bless you as never friend blessed his friend.
wrote, Aug. 8:—
There will be a good many true hearts that will set up the Horatian strains over the ship that takes you in trust.
I shall take pride and pleasure in giving you the best letters I can; and, besides the one to Lord Jeffrey,