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To George W. Greene.

Boston, Aug. 17, 1843.
dear, dear Greene,—On my return, last evening, from a bridal tour with Longfellow and his wife, I was surprised and gratified by your letter.1 I cannot believe that you are so near us. The feet of your coming, like those of Lear's horses, have been shod with felt. You will find dear Longfellow married to the beautiful and most lovely ‘Mary Ashburton.’ They were married July 13. They will rejoice to see you. They still linger among her friends in Berkshire till Saturday, Aug. 19, when they will return to Cambridge, where she will commence her life as Professorin. As for me, I am as much alone, and altogether as poor a creature, as when we enjoyed together the hospitality of the monks of the Alban Lake.

If you can join us, we shall greet you with special cordiality on Thursday, Aug. 24, Phi Beta Kappa, when Hillard, with silver tongue, will charm the audience. He delivers the oration, and we count upon every thing that is refined and brilliant both in the audience and the orator.

All that can be done for Crawford shall be done. My great trouble is to find a proper room. I will not allow the statue to go to any room of the Athenaeum at present. The lights would kill even ‘Orpheus.’ Write me when it may be expected. I propose an exhibition for the artist.

When shall you visit us? When you come, bring with you the engravings and books. I am very, very happy that we shall meet again. I long to talk of Rome. Farewell.

Ever affectionately yours,


To Henry Ware.

Court Street, Monday Morning, Aug. 22, 1843.
my dear Ware,2—I have been gratified by the receipt of your little note, and I am truly happy if any suggestions of mine have been of any service to you.

You do not convince me that parcere subjectis is not a vile phrase for a


1 Mr. Greene was at home on leave of absence from his Consulate.

2 Mr. Ware, a graduate of Harvard College of the class of 1843, writes: ‘I went with Professor Felton one day, just after our Commencement parts had been assigned, into Sumner's office; when he kindly asking what I had got, and being told that I had to do a Latin oration, asked me what subject I had chosen. I replied that I had not yet found a text to my mind. “Then,” said he, “I will give you one,—‘De imperio pacis;’ talk about that.” So I did; and it was just after the signing of the Ashburton Treaty, and Mr. Webster was expected to be there. When the part was finished, I took it to him, at his request, for revision; and he criticised my quotation from Virgil,— “Parcere subjectis et debellare superbos.
” So we had a little discussion and some correspondence about it, of which this note was the conclusion; and it is, I think, exceedingly characteristic of him, especially as showing his kindly interest in young men, which no one knows better than yourself.’

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