on these till three o'clock, when the office closed. The first day I dined with Samuel Ward, where we had an accidental, but very pleasant, reunion of several of our friends,—Lieber, Cogswell, Robert Walsh, Chevalier Nordine. On the next day I dined with the Misses Ward; last evening, with Mrs. Oakey; this morning I breakfasted with Sedgwick, to meet Bryant. I shall not get through my business till Monday: so, Tuesday morning, I shall leave for Hudson; then across the country to Boston, stopping at Stockbridge for a few hours,—perhaps at Springfield, where some of my witnesses reside; perhaps I may be obliged to go to Hartford and New Haven. I am determined to gain this friction-match case. It is very important to my clients. I understand the case now better than before. Our opponents will be foolish not to compromise; but we must prepare for action. New York is thronged and busy as ever. Love to all our friends. Ever and ever yours,C. S
Lieber,—Here I am, imprisoned by the rain in the inn of a Yankee village. Longing now for companionship, I write to you, and while I write imagine that I have it,—as the ostrich supposes himself free from danger when he has thrust his head into the sand. Most heartily do I rejoice that I was able to see you in New York: the meeting was a capital afterpiece to the Boston drama. We parted on Monday, at the corner of Pine Street. I trust you have had fair breezes, and that this letter will find you with her who loves you so well, and with your boys frolicking about you. Ah! my dear Lieber, are you not happy? I know where you live. I wish your home was more according to your heart; but you have sources of the highest happiness,—domestic bliss of the rarest kind (whose soul is more filled with love than yours?); constant and honorable employment for your time; a distinguished name; and the consciousness of doing good, of aiding the cause of truth, of education, and government. I know few persons who have such reasons for blessing God as you. On Monday evening, I dined with Mr. Henry Ward, to meet Mr.—— with whom I was disgusted. His influence over young lawyers and young men must be very injurious. All things he said were strung with oaths as an Indian's body with beads and wampum; and the point of every argument was a bet. Can he be one of the first lawyers in New York? He was employed by the friends of the Bankrupt Bill in New York to forward their measure at Washington, and for this service was paid two thousand five hundred dollars. I was requested to do the same thing in behalf of Boston. I am glad I declined. Two modes of proceeding could not be more distinct than those we should probably have taken. Young Gibbs and Ward looked up to——; for he was their legal Gamaliel, and strutted in his oaths, and echoed to his descants on wines. . . .
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Table of Contents:
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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