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[172] an epoch which Judge Story, more than all other men together, has established. He has taught them to respect our jurisprudence; to use it; to lean upon it; to be guided by it: and will not this be a strong means to improve the relations of friendship between the two countries? Will it not be one of the instruments wherewith to beat down the hydra-headed prejudice that prevails with regard to us in England?

Ever and ever yours,


From New York he wrote to Hillard, Jan. 24, 1841:—

Felton and Longfellow arrived yesterday. I have had some pleasant dinners, seen some handsome women, and been to two balls. I like Halleck very much; have met him twice at dinner. He is clever, and much to the point in conversation. Cogswell inquired after you. He is as gay as ever. I met Theodore Sedgwick at dinner at the Coldens' (Mrs. Jeffrey's family). He appeared admirably. He is the cleverest and most gentlemanly person I have seen in New York,

To Dr. Francis Lieber.

Boston, Feb. 11, 1841.
my dear Lieber,—To-day came to hand a warm-hearted, kindly, truly German letter from Mittermaier, acknowledging the receipt of my last to him, and opening to me his whole flowing griefs. I feel for him deeply. I knew his son. I doubt if he had that in him which would have led him to very great eminence; but he was learned, as I thought, almost beyond his years, and seemed to have uncommon acuteness. I think he had been used to work as his father's drudge; so that his mind had lost, to a certain extent, independence of action. He must be a great loss to his poor father. When I was in Heidelberg, death was legibly writing his sentence upon his forehead. Mittermaier has two other sons,1 whom I saw at his house, blooming youths of fourteen and sixteen,—as bright, agreeable, and intelligent creatures as I have ever seen. I did not see two boys in all Germany, fruitful mother of children, who pleased me so much as those two of Mittermaier. God give him joy in them! . . .

I have just returned from a visit of three or four weeks to New York and Philadelphia, where I saw men and women of all sorts. Chancellor Kent was as kind and affection to me as ever; Joseph R. Ingersoll, very hospitable . . .

Remember me most kindly to your wife.

As ever yours,


1 Franz and Karl,—the former a lawyer, and the latter a physician, ante, Vol. II. p. 121

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