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‘ [87] American who was in the habit of seeing him (Lord Brougham) frequently when he was recently in Paris.’ Sumner, who had talked too freely with Walsh, was the only American to whom the description could apply, and soon after he received a note from Lord Brougham, kindly in terms, but complaining of the report of his conversations. Sumner wrote a letter to the ‘Times’1 from Rome, May 23, stating Walsh's account to be ‘entirely false,’ and giving the true version. His relations with Brougham were not disturbed by the affair.


To Lord Morpeth.

Paris, Rue De La Paix, April 12, 1839.
my dear Morpeth,—Since I left England, the alternate tidings I have had from your country and from America have made me anxious—you will not think me too anxious—with regard to the question of peace and war; and our minister at Paris, a sensible, able, and honest man, has sympathized with me fully. I have written an article in ‘Galignani's Messenger,’ in which I have aimed to present the American side in away not disagreeable, I trust, to Englishmen. I have examined the question since I have been in Paris; and though I saw it undoubtedly through the American medium, yet I endeavored to look at it candidly: and I cannot resist coming to the conclusion that we are right, and that the subject needs to be more studied in England. I have examined the debates in the treaty of 1783, at the time when the question of boundaries was discussed, and have made some extracts from them in the hasty article I have written. Lord Brougham—who is not very well now2—has expressed himself very strongly to me with regard to the American claim, and has told me that Lord Jeffrey was of the same opinion with himself. Let us keep war afar: I tremble at the thought of it.

I send herewith the ‘Galignani,’ and venture to ask you to run your eye over it. You know my love for England; and I believe you will do me the justice to think that I would never write about her, except in the spirit of love.

This letter will find you in the midst of your own ministerial contest. You will have the ardent opposition of Leader, but the support of Hume. Lady Granville has received me most kindly. I owe you many thanks for introducing me to her.

I leave Paris soon for Rome, where I shall be in the middle of May. My

1 Printed in the ‘Times,’ June 14.

2 He was just getting well, as Sumner states in another letter, ‘of a needle he had swallowed.’

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