unavoidable, I hope will not be annoying to you. I refer to the criticisms of people knowing nothing of art. In Europe, an artist is judged at once, in a certain sense, by his peers. With us, all are critics. The people will not hesitate to judge your work; and some will, perhaps, complain that Washington is naked; that he has not a cocked hat and a military coat of the Continental cut; that he is not standing, &c. The loungers in the Rotunda, not educated in views of works of art,—many never before having seen a statue in marble,—will want the necessary knowledge to enable them to appreciate your ‘Washington.’ Should you not prepare them, so far as you can? And you can do a great deal. Publish in ‘Knickerbocker's Magazine,’ or such other journal as you may select, some of the papers you read me during my visit to Florence,—particularly that on the ‘Nude;’ for there, I think, you will encounter a deal of squeamish criticism. The law maxim, cuilibet in sua arte perito est credendum,will hold strongly in your case; and what you publish with your name (‘Horatio Greenough, sculptor’) will be extensively read, and I think exercise a great influence on the public mind. I cannot conceive that any motives of delicacy should make you hesitate. I think it particularly important that what is written should be from you,—first, because it is your theme, and you can manage it so much better than anybody else; and second, because whatever you write will be read, and have weight. I have not seen Allston for some weeks. Longfellow and myself passed an evening with him then. We rose to go: he took out his watch, and saw that it wanted twenty minutes of twelve o'clock,—‘Do make it even,’ said he. I hope you may realize your dream. Allston would bud anew in Italy. He is now laboring sedulously upon his ‘Belshazzar's Feast,’—admitting nobody into his studio. I have a brother who has been a wanderer for some years. Upon last advices, he was in Florence. I hope he saw you. Remember me most kindly to Mr.Everett and Mrs. Everett, who are Florentines now, like yourself. I saw Wilde in New York, on his arrival. He was in fine spirits, and made himself most agreeable in society. He was full of Dante. I like to see a man instinct, as it were, with his subject. Believe me ever sincerely yours, Europe will flash upon me.
Boston, March 23, 1841.my dear Lieber,— . . . You will see the defeat of Talfourd's bill, and that by a semi-treacherous stab from that rhetorician, Macaulay. The ‘Examiner’—Fonblanque's of Feb. 28, I think—contains an admirable refutation of Macaulay's speech. Poor Talfourd will be enraged. It is the bill he has
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Chapter 16 : events at home.—Letters of friends.— December , 1837 , to March , 1839 .—Age 26 - 28 .
Chapter 17 : London again.—characters of judges.—Oxford.—Cambridge— November and December , 1838 .—Age, 27 .
Chapter 18 : Stratford-on-avon.—Warwick.—London.—Characters of judges and lawyers.—authors.—society.— January , 1839 , to March , 1839 .—Age, 28 .
Chapter 19 : Paris again.— March to April , 1839 .—Age, 28 .
Chapter 20 : Italy .— May to September , 1839 .—Age, 28 .
Chapter 21 : Germany .— October , 1839 , to March , 1840 .—Age, 28 - 29 .
Chapter 22 : England again, and the voyage home.— March 17 to May 3 , 1840 . —Age 29 .
Chapter 23 : return to his profession.— 1840 - 41 .—Age, 29 - 30 .
Chapter 24 : Slavery and the law of nations.— 1842 .—Age, 31 .
Chapter 25 : service for Crawford .—The Somers Mutiny.—The nation's duty as to slavery.— 1843 .—Age, 32 .
Chapter 27 : services for education.—prison discipline.—Correspondence.— January to July , 1845 .—age, 34 .
Chapter 28 : the city Oration,— the true grandeur of nations. —an argument against war.— July 4 , 1845 .—Age 34 .
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