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[174] 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,

P. S. A friend of mine saw your ‘Abdiel’ in New Haven, and was very much pleased with it. You kindly ask after my own petty doings. I moil at law, sit in my office; but visions of Europe will flash upon me.

To Dr. Francis Lieber.

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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