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[71] 23, 1838,—that good, teeming year, so brimful of happiness and instruction for me,—you ask for a Life of William of Orange. The day I received your letter, I asked Hallam, whom I often see, if he knew of any Life of this great man. He did not; and, as his studies have turned his attention to the whole subject of modern literature,—you know his great work, now in press, on the ‘History of Literature,’—I think his answer quite decisive as to the non-existence of any such work; though not entirely so. He remarked that the Dutch were very unfortunate in having a language which is neglected by all the world; so that their writers are very little known. I have since inquired of Macaulay and of some other friends, but with the same want of success. I like the idea of the ‘Republican Plutarch’ very much,—macte.I have not yet been able to make the inquiry you desire with regard to the Dutch word wet (law). Your next is dated Jan. 8. It is a capital letter,—full of friendship for me, and exhortations imposing upon me responsibilities to which I am all unequal. . . . Mr. Burge—the author of the great work on the ‘Conflict of Laws,’ just published in four large volumes—has read your ‘Hermeneutics’ in the ‘Jurist,’ and likes it very much. He is the only exception. I know to the rule I have above stated, that eminent English lawyers do not write books. . . .1

Ever yours,


To Lord Morpeth.2

2 Vigo Street, March 5, 1839.
my dear Morpeth,—. . . I have read with sorrow the intimations in this morning's ‘Times,’ with regard to certain alleged disturbances in the State of Maine;3 which, that vehement journal supposes, must lead to some decisive measures,—even war on the part of your Government. There must be some great mistake. I hope you are not in possession of any intelligence which tends to confirm that article in the ‘Times.’ Before I leave, I hope to discuss that subject with you. Peace, and amity, and love, are the proper


1 The omitted parts of the letter relate chiefly to Sumner's efforts to promote the success of Dr. Lieber's ‘Political Ethics.’

2 George William Frederick, seventh Earl of Carlisle, and Viscount Morpeth, 1802-1864. he was Chief Secretary of Ireland, 1835-1841; succeeded to the earldom on the death of his father in 1848, and was Lord-lieutenant of Ireland, 1855-1858, and again, 1859-1864. he was one of the best of men, and one of the most popular viceroys that Ireland ever had. He never married, and was succeeded in the peerage by his brother, William George. In 1841-1842, he travelled in the United States, and gave his views of the country in a lecture, delivered at Leeds, Dec. 5, 1850, in which he said of Sumner: ‘I do not give up the notion of his becoming one of the historical men of his country.’ this visit is referred to in ‘life of Lord Denman,’ Vol. II. p. 115. in 1854, he published ‘a diary in Turkish and Greek waters.’ he was warmly attached to Sumner, followed his career with great interest, and remembered him in his will by some token of affection. He requested Sumner to sit for a portrait; and one taken in crayon in 1854, by William W. Story, was sent to him. Sumner was his guest at Castle Howard, in 1857.

3 Relating to the North-eastern Boundary dispute, which was finally determined in 1842, by the Treaty of Washington.

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