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[206] my dear friend, from my heart of hearts! You know not the depth of my gratitude to you. My eyes overflow as I now trace these lines. May you clutch the treasure of health; but, above all, may you be happy!

At Mrs. T.'s, many inquired after you. You were remembered by all as warmly as you could wish. Mrs. S. B. told me she thought ‘Excelsior’ one of the most beautiful things ever written; that it filled her with admiration for your genius and character. I told her that I would let you know what she said. Cleveland was there, and Hillard and Prescott, and we all talked of you. This morning Hillard's lines appear.1 They excite universal admiration. Judge Story, Quincy, Prescott, Greenleaf, all admire them. Howe wrote me a note this morning, telling me that illness prevented his going down to make his last adieus to you.

Enjoy Europe, gain your health, and with fresh happiness return to make some of us happy!

Ever your loving friend,


To his brother George.

Boston, April 30, 1842.
dear George,—Welcome to England,2 on your way to the West! How does it sound to hear again your own language, and to see streets and brick houses like those of home? Let me suggest to you (I wish I had thought of it in season) to note down in a book all peculiarities of phrase, language, or pronunciation which you notice. Unless you begin early, your ear will get accustomed to them; and will, perhaps, imagine them American. I think you cannot fail to be struck with the superior grace and beauty with which the language is spoken by cultivated Englishmen . . . .

Robert Ingham, for whom I inclose a note, was a true friend of mine. He will be glad to see you as my brother, and will give you a warm welcome. He is a bachelor of forty-nine, living in the Temple, with a pleasant country-house not far from Newcastle. He lost his seat in Parliament at the last general election. In politics he is a moderate Whig. He is a warm but kind Churchman, and is a most delightful character. In all his views he is pure and elevated; in conversation, modest, quiet, and unambitious, but sensible, well-informed, and with that tinge which every English gentleman, no matter what his pursuit, has derived from the classical fountain. He will be a true friend to you, if you care to cultivate his friendship. He will advise with you about your travels in the country and in Ireland, where he has been. I also inclose a line for Joseph Parkes, a solicitor by profession, but one of the most learned lawyers in England, a strong Radical, a friend of the late Jeremy Bentham and Lord Durham, who takes a great interest in American affairs. He will take you to the Houses of Commons


1 Boston Advertiser. ‘Lines addressed to the ship Ville de Lyons [in which Longfellow was to be a passenger], which sails from New York for Havre to-morrow, April 24.’

2 His brother was about to go from the Continent to England.

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