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[130] ‘British Queen,’ do not fail to write me by the return. Give my love to all my friends; and tell them I shall soon see them.

As ever, affectionately yours,

C. S.
P. S. Cogswell1 has just arrived at Dresden. I have not seen him; but he speaks of ‘Hyperion’ as one of the best books that has ever come from our country.


To George W. Greene.

Berlin, Dec. 30, 1839.
dear Greene,—Would I were with you in Rome! Every day I chide myself because I was so idle and remiss while in that Mother-City. I regret that I left so many things unseen, and saw so little of many others worthy to be studied and pondered,—food for thought and imagination. There you are amidst those wonders manifold, and this mighty book of travel will soon be closed to me; its spell and enchantment will exist only in memory, and I,— amidst freshly painted houses, green blinds, new streets, and the worldly calls of American life,—shall muse upon the grandeur, the antiquity, and the beauty I have seen. But you will from time to time assist in calling them to my mind; write me in my exile; help me recall Europe, the great Past with which you live. ‘Give all thou canst, and let me dream the rest.’

Yours of Rome, 11th November, I found on my arrival at this place. I am delighted at the success of the ‘Orpheus.’ I am glad you have written about Crawford for the ‘Knickerbocker.’ My letters are strangely behind, and I have no advices with regard to what I wrote home. I shall begin to believe there must be some truth in that bust of me, after what you say of Sir C. Vaughan. I am pleased that he ordered his bust; it will do Crawford good. Many of our countrymen are so weak as to make their judgments depend upon Englishmen, and I know none of his countrymen whose patronage ought to avail more with Americans. He was the most popular minister, I think, that ever resided at Washington. I hope you see a good deal of Mr. Kenyon; his conversation must be interesting to you. He is a lover of the fine arts, and, I doubt not, a patron of them. Fay,2 the Secretary here, is a very nice and amiable person. I love him. He has a romance in press, in London, entitled ‘The Countess,’ the scene of which is partly laid in Berlin during the French revolution. Wheaton, our minister, who is our most creditable representative abroad, is passing the winter at Paris. He


1 Dr. Joseph Green Cogswell, 1786-1871. He was in 1816 a student at Gottingen with Edward Everett and George Ticknor; in 1823, with George Bancroft, established the Round Hill School at Northampton, Mass., and in 1848 became the Superintendent of the Astor Library.

2 Theodore S. Fay, born in New York, Feb. 10, 1807; Secretary of Legation at Berlin, from 1837 to 1853, and Minister—resident at Berne, Switzerland, from 1853 to 1861. He is the author of books of travel, romances, and poems, and resides in Germany. He dedicated to Sumner his novel, ‘Hoboken,’ published in 1841.

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