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To Lord Morpeth.

Boston, March 31, 1843.
my dear Morpeth,—. . . Mrs. Chapman1 seemed much gratified by your message, which I had great pleasure in delivering. She appeared cheerful and happy; though I inferred, from what she said, that she had suffered much. She alluded to Longfellow's little pieces in the volumes which you have,—‘The Light of Stars,’ and ‘The Goblet of Life,’—as having strengthened her to bear her lot. . . .

You will read the correspondence of Cass with Webster, who is as powerful as he is unamiable. Cass's sentences are weak and vague, while Webster's tell with the effect of rockets. The latter still lingers at Washington to close his career in the Department of State, and to answer Lord Aberdeen's famous despatch on the ‘Right of Visitation.’

You will be sorry to hear that Judge Story continues indisposed. For the first time in the thirty-two years he has belonged to the Supreme Court, he failed this winter to take his seat at Washington. His physicians advise a voyage; and the England of his thoughts and dreams rises before him. It is quite probable, though not entirely certain, that he will go out in the packet of May 1. We could not commit to your kind hospitality a more precious life,—adorned, as it is, by transcendent learning, and the purest character. . . .

Ever, ever yours,

C. S.
P. S. Prescott has printed and stereotyped seventy pages of the ‘Conquest of Mexico.’ The Calderons still linger in Boston, but will soon leave for Spain.


To Lord Morpeth.

Boston, May 1, 1843.
my dear Morpeth,—I have one moment in which to speed this note; which is mainly to announce to you the coming, in the same packet with itself, of my dear friend Howe and his newly-married wife. I cannot write too warmly of Howe. He is shy, reserved, modest, but full of worth, intelligence, and virtue. I think you will like him very much. Perhaps you will remember his wife, who is unsurpassed in cultivation by any of her sex in the United States.

Judge Story will not visit England. He rides horseback daily, abstains from all work, and seems to be growing stronger. It was thought that he could not endure the wear and tear of London life; and he was unwilling to go abroad, if he could not mingle in society. He does not take as lively an interest as you do in scenery, in Nature, and in green fields.

It is understood that Webster will resign his office in a few days, if he has not done it already.

A few days since, in New York, I saw Harvey, who seems to be growing stronger; and Sedgwick is in Boston, to take a farewell of his mother and


1 Her husband, Henry G. Chapman, died the previous October.

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