To Dr. Lieber he wrote, Dec. 10, 1841:— I enclose a letter from Judge Story, who wishes to secure you at dinner, immediately after your return to Boston. We shall all be glad to see you back; but I fear Boston will be Mantuan to you after the bustle of New York, and that you will miss the exciting condiments of town life. ‘Dread winter comes and shuts the scene,’ in earnest. We have snow on the ground, the jingle of bells, and the sleigh-rides of which you have heard. Shall we give you an upset in a snowbank? Your passage from New York to Boston will be dismal. The direct route will be by steamer, which leaves New York at five o'clock in the afternoon, and reaches terra firmaand the railroad about two o'clock at night; by this, you will reach Boston at seven o'clock in the morning. If you do not incline to this penance, you can go up the Hudson, stopping at West Point,— which I wish you to see; then at the town of Hudson, and from Hudson come down by the railway, which you have tried once. Or, you may take still a third way (the boat to New Haven),—a very pretty place in the summer, embowered in trees, and the seat of a flourishing American university; then ascend the Connecticut River to Springfield, thence by railroad to Boston. Ever and ever yours,
To Lord Morpeth, New York.Boston, Dec. 6, 1841.my dear Morpeth,—Yours of Dec. 3 was duly received; and so, we may expect you Thursday morning. My dear friend Longfellow, whom you have seen once at his rooms, in the old seat of General Washington,—a Professor of our Cambridge University, and the head of our Parnassus,— wishes you to dine with him on the evening of your arrival. You will meet Allston and Prescott and one or two academics, whose talk and the associations of the place will ‘outdo the meats;’ for the fare will be simple in the extreme. I hope you will feel able to go. I promise you much pleasure in the repast, and the warm welcome you will find. Prescott is anxious to see you, and will expect you to dine with him while in Boston. You will like him as well as his book; and also his venerable father, a lawyer emeritus, who has the rare felicity of living to see the fame of his son. I am expecting your speech in honor of St. Nicholas. Which in the calendar shall you serve next? Ever most sincerely yours,
Lord Morpeth has just returned to Boston, after a pleasant trip to Niagara, and a visit of a fortnight to New York. He will be here a fortnight; then to Philadelphia; then to Baltimore, and at the end of January or the beginning of February will be in Washington; afterwards, to the South and West.