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[169] full cry, running down their game. I do not anticipate any decided change in principles by Harrison's advent. One thing, however, will take place,— namely, a practical alteration of our Constitution, so that no President shall be elected for more than one term. Harrison comes in pledged not to be a candidate a second time. His example will establish a precedent which will operate like Jefferson's determining not to be a candidate a third time. As his election is favored by the merchants, I think it probable that trade will take a new start. There will be new confidence, which is the muscle of credit, and business will extend its arms freely again. Perhaps we may have another speculative mania.

Ever affectionately yours,


To his brother George.

Boston, Nov. 30, 1840.
dear George,—. . . We have just recovered from the political fever, and Van Buren has suffered the greatest defeat ever experienced by any candidate for the Presidency. Of course, after March 4, there will be some sweeping changes. Little, indeed nothing, is known with regard to them at present. I take very little interest in politics. . . .

My course of life is even enough now. I vegetate at home; go to my office between nine and ten o'clock, work at law and my Reports, which will be published in a fortnight; in the evening dine out, or make a call, a visit, or attend a party; and, when I get home, read till after midnight. Besides my immediate circle of friends, whom you know,—Hillard, Longfellow, Cleveland, Felton,—I see a good deal of the Ticknors, who receive every evening at their well-appointed house; of the Otises (old Harrison G. I like much); of the Prescotts,—William H., the author of the history of ‘Fer-dinand and Isabella,’ is very much my friend: he is a capital fellow Of course, I see Judge Story constantly, and love him as much as ever . . . Pardon all these blots; they are my escutcheon.

Robert C. Winthrop is elected to Congress. Judge Story has recently published second editions of his ‘Bailments,’ ‘Equity Jurisprudence,’ and ‘Equity Pleading,’ and is now engaged on a second edition of the ‘Conflict of Laws,’ much enlarged. He has also published a work on ‘Agency’ since you left the country. All these are republished in England. Greenleaf is engaged upon a work on ‘Evidence.’ Prescott, you know, is writing the ‘Conquest of Mexico.’ It will be in three volumes, but will not be finished for several years. Sparks is in London or Paris, hunting in the offices for materials for a history of the Revolution. Bancroft's third volume is just published. It is brilliant and eloquent, and has much to admire. . .

Ever and ever yours,

C. S.

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