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[190] with a fortune chiefly made in his profession; learned, accurate, accomplished, proud, cold, a high English Tory, disliking Lord Melbourne's administration; take him all in all, perhaps the best specimen of an American lawyer, both on account of his distinguished professional learning and his various attainments: to John Sergeant, a lawyer, once a candidate for the Vice-Presidency, with an acute intellect, chiefly exercised in politics and in his profession, with few resources for conversation, little general cultivation, cautious but still warm in the expression of opinions, particularly of dislikes, and among the latter is Lord Melbourne's administration; he declined the mission to England: to Judge Hopkinson,1 a person of cleverness and genius, prompt, simple, natural as a child, wearing a queue. Harrison is Mr. Otis's old friend, the veteran of Philadelphia society (I do not know him personally), hospitable and kind. Richard Peters has recently lost his wife; he is very fond of society, gay, pleasant, and familiar for years with our public men. Joseph R. Ingersoll is in Washington.

Prescott has called while I am writing. He tells me to send you his blessing, and to say that you must write him as you promised. His attachment for you is most sincere and strong. . . .

Ever affectionately yours,

1 He died a few days later. Sumner wrote of him, Jan. 18, 1842: ‘He has been summoned away. He was full of mirth, amiableness, talent, and learning.’

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