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Besides his discussion of the Slavery question arising under international law, his only published article, during the year 1842, was a review of Professor Greenleaf's treatise on the ‘Law of Evidence,’ then first issued.1 In the early part of the year he taught in the Law School as Judge Story's substitute.

His social life varied this year little from what it had been during the two preceding. In the spring he visited New York with Prescott,—their special errand being to meet Washington Irving. In January he had many pleasant interviews with Dickens, who brought a letter to him from John Kenyon, and who was grateful for his kindness.2 Late in August he met Lord Ashburton, who was then in Boston, and visited with him places of interest in the city and suburbs. With Lord Morpeth, who was journeying in various parts of the country, he continued his correspondence. Morpeth sailed on his return Sept. 29. Sumner passed the last five days in New York with him,—sharing in the hospitalities extended to him, and lingering on the wharf while the vessel which bore home his much-loved friend steamed down the harbor. During this year he greatly missed Longfellow, who, in search of health, made a six months visit to Europe,—extending from April to November.

Dr. Channing died in October. To Sumner this was a personal loss; for, during the year, he had been brought into closer relations than before with this divine, and felt more than ever the power of his moral nature. He saw in his death, too, a far wider bereavement than falls to family and friends,—that of the causes of freedom and peace, which, at an exigent season, could ill spare a chief so fearless and so strong in public confidence. He little thought then that to himself was yet to fall so much of the work which Channing left behind; and to the dying philanthropist the assurance might well have been given,

Another hand thy sword shall wield,
     Another hand the standard wave,
Till from the trumpet's mouth is pealed
     The blast of triumph o'er thy grave.


1 American Jurist, July, 1842, Vol. XXVII. pp. 379-408.

2 Dickens's ‘Life,’ Vol. I. p. 305.

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