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[209] order for a statue of our ‘great Father.’ That is the highest work with which an American artist can occupy himself. Let me know what you have done lately, and keep me informed of your works.

Would it be possible to persuade Thorwaldsen to present casts of his works to our Athenaeum? Or at what price could they be procured? Give me your ideas about this. We are anxious to enrich our collection with as many fine works as possible.

Where do you live, and how do you live? It is in Rome, and there is enchantment in that word. But in what street? How are the cafes, and the places of resort? I look back upon my sojourn there with a thrill of delight, and long again to tread the streets, to visit the galleries, to loiter on the marble pavements of the churches, and to surrender myself to the unspeakable charms of the place. I write this from my office in Court Street, with law books staring me in the face, and business neglected, chiding me for thus dallying in imagination with these far-off scenes. Felton has just left me, and sends his cordial regards. We have been sad at parting with Longfellow. He sailed from New York for Havre on 27th April, to pass the summer at a watering-place on the Rhine, and to return home in October. When will the ‘Orpheus’ be finished? Pray tell me all about it as the work proceeds, and how you are satisfied with it. Where does Greene live now? Give him my love. He must write to some of us.

Ever sincerely yours,

To Lord Morpeth, at St. Louis, he wrote, May 25:—

Prescott gave an account, doubtless, of our excursion to New York, to meet Irving. It was a most agreeable jaunt, which I enjoyed very much. Prescott was fairly “Boz-ed.” He amuses us not a little by his account of the doings and sayings to which he was a party.

Mr. Everett has written me of the great kindness of Lady Carlisle and all your house to him. Mr. Webster has been in Boston for a day or two; he seemed in good spirits. He spoke in high terms of Lord Ashburton, and said he was a good man to deal with, who could see that there were two sides to a question. We all feel that our difficulties are approaching an end.’

To Dr. William E. Channing, Philadelphia.

Boston, May 26, 1842.
my dear Sir,—--I have this morning received your letter of May 23, from Duncan's Island. The roll of proofs of the first half came to Crosby's hands this morning, and have been sent to the printer. They are just in season, for not a single sheet has been struck off. Mr. Hillard and myself have read the proofs with care, supposing that we should not regain those despatched to you; but we have found very little occasion for correction of any

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