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Mann's oration is in press. I have read the proof. It is powerful and in pictures, but in a vicious style. Its drapery is like that of Paul Veronese, —heavy, sumptuous, sometimes tawdry, but always of golden tissue.

To George S. Hillard.

July 22, 1842.
dear Hillard,—I was interrupted in the middle of the last sentence by Judge Ware,1 of Maine, who inquired after you. I am in the midst of the ——business, which I am doing as well as I can. Stay away as long as you can be contented. The packet came, but with no letter for anybody from Longfellow.—Here I was interrupted again by a succession of duties, among other things a little affair about a mortgage. Last evening Howe and I rode to Felton's. My only missive2 was from Milnes, who speaks warmly of Tennyson. . . .

You will see the death of Sismondi and of the old Earl of Leicester, T. W. Coke. So the sage of Geneva will not be heard more, and the hospitalities of Holkham will be suspended. It is hardly probable that this generation will witness their renewal on the same splendid scale in which I saw them. Something besides fortune and a large house are required for the successful administration of these rites; and old Coke, by age, frankness of manner, and wide acquaintance with men, had become the chief of hosts. The closing of his gates will create a chasm in the Whig circle. Lord Fitzwilliam receives largely, but he does not know how to entertain; Lord Spencer does not choose even to receive; and Lord Lansdowne seems to content himself with his largess of hospitality in London and his Christmas rejoicings at Bowood. Old Coke will be missed very much.

The other evening I received my annual discourse from Mrs. Howe3 on the married state. She thinks me erring, and hopes that I shall yet come into the fold, though her hopes in me appear to diminish. She shall think more favorably, she says, of my condition when I am more taciturn on this most important subject.

Have you read Edward Everett's speech? It is in the ‘Advertiser’ of Friday (to-day). It is eloquent and apt, and seems to have been received with great applause; but I do not observe any notes of unusual approbation. It is the speech of a scholar and gentleman, and is in very pleasant contrast to the balderdash of Stevenson. I wish he had not begun, ‘I must be more or less than man.’ Is this not too trite?4

Enter Cushing, L. S.; then enter Howe. The two are debating high politics. Good-by. Love to Cleveland.


1 Judge Ashur Ware, of Portland.

2 By the last foreign mail.

3 Mrs. Judge Howe, of Cambridge.

4 Speech at Manchester, England, May 25. 1842. Mr. Everett, in the revision of his speeches, omitted the phrase to which Sumner objects. ‘Orations and Speeches,’ Vol. II p. 424.

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