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Webster is the Atlas of the country now, and on his shoulders rests the great weight of affairs. Do not be alarmed about war. The clamor of England and America is great, but the rulers of both countries are animated by a sincere desire for peace; and this will be preserved, unless some untoward event occurs which takes the whole affair out of their hands . . . .

April 29.

Your letter to Mary, with its pleasant sketch of Elba, has come . . . . Sparks has just returned, laden with the fruits of his researches in the public archives of London and Paris. I dined in company with him yesterday at Prescott's. There were Ticknor, William H. Gardiner, Samuel A. Eliot, Palfrey, Longfellow, Felton, and Hillard,—a goodly fellowship. The conversation was agreeable. I envy you six months in Germany. I was not there long enough to learn the language as I wished. Another six months would make me master of it and of its literature . . . .

Ever affectionately yours,


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