complete record of his life abroad than those which he wrote from England
He was so soon to be at home that he reserved the details of the latter part of his journey for conversations with his friends.
he wrote to his mother, urging that his brother Horace, a boy of fifteen, should be sent to a school at Geneva
, then attended by a son of Mr. Webster
and other boys from Boston
, of which he had, after careful inquiry, formed a very favorable opinion; but she wisely placed her son, a slender youth, in an excellent public school at home.
His friends at home began to feel that it would be unwise for him to prolong his absence, and advised him not to tarry in England
on his way home.
wrote, Dec. 1, 1839:—
You must return soon, and take your place in the advanced and advancing corps.
had already written, a few weeks earlier:—
You are coming back among us soon.
You will be caressed, feted, and feasted.
You will be the lion of the season. . . . You come back to us hung all over with glittering badges of distinction; and, of course, you will be the more shining mark for vacuity and detraction to aim their arrows at. But let none of your blood stain their points.
A life of happiness, distinction, and success is before you. Eminently fortunate you have been, and eminently fortunate you are destined to be. . . . You say you shall be at home in January; but I shall be agreeably disappointed if you arrive so soon.
You will be most cordially and heartily welcomed by all. Boston takes a sort of pride in you, and feels that you have done her honor abroad.