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[298] to come out to Cambridge any evening this week to try some oysters. Will you come? I will join you. . . . You know Choate leaves the Senate, March 1. How Clay's sun is rising! He will be our President!

To Thomas Crawford.

Boston, Jan. 30, 1844.
my dear Crawford,—You already know that the ‘Orpheus’ has been most successfully restored. A person whose attention was not particularly directed to the scars would not discern any signs of the accident. I was gratified by the fondness and admiration which Dexter showed for the statue. He was proud of being allowed to work upon it; and, I think, brought to it the fidelity of a labor of love. The statue now stands most beautifully in the room prepared for it. The committee have determined not to exhibit it till spring; for in our very cold winter, and with streets blocked up with ice, people might not be disposed to take the long walk to the Athenaeum. In the spring it will be opened; and, I feel sure, will receive unbounded admiration. The few who have been admitted to see it privately have expressed a uniform opinion of the genius and merit which it shows.

I hear through Howe and Charles Perkins of your new work, ‘Adam and Eve,’ and congratulate you upon your splendid success. Both write about it in terms of the warmest admiration. So the prophecy is coming to pass! The laurel is suspended over your head. Fame and fortune are becoming your handmaidens.

I have not yet seen the pieces belonging to Jonathan Phillips1 or John Parker; but hear others, who have seen them, speak of them as I could wish. In my earliest hour of leisure, when I may wander abroad by daylight, I shall call and see them.

You will see much of my friends this winter in Rome. I long to refresh my parched lips at the living fountains of art bursting forth from dead Rome, and should have delight in joining Howe and his lovely group; but I must try to see with their eyes. Greene has given you fresh tidings of American life and of our circle,—your friends here. He must have found us dull and prosaic, and I doubt not hurried back with a most willing heart. Give him my love. He must report his arrival.

Ever very sincerely yours,

To Professor Mittermaier, Heidelberg.

Boston, Feb. 1, 1844.
my dear friend,—I have now before me your very kind letter of Nov. 17, written in French. You promise that your next favor shall be in

1 The ‘Cupid’ of Crawford belonged to Mr. Phillips, and the ‘Bride of Abydos’ and a bas-relief of ‘Christ blessing Children,’ to Mr. Parker.

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