Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858.
's journey from New York to Paris
was by the same route which he traversed by sailing vessel and stage-coach nineteen years before.1
by way of Havre
, March 23, he found there American and English friends to welcome him,—among the former T. G. Appleton
and Mrs. George B. Emerson
, and Madame Laugel
; and among the latter, Nassau W. Senior
His first friendly office was a search for Crawford
the artist, then facing death; and it was to be their last meeting.
His time was well occupied in visiting points of interest, driving with friends, attending the opera, and in interviews with distinguished Frenchmen.
, whose acquaintance he made during his earlier visit, was assiduous in his attentions; so also was Senior, who was in intimate association with the literary and public men of France
, and took pleasure in bringing Sumner
into relations with them.
He enjoyed Tocqueville
's conversations on European
politics, and was greatly attracted by the liberal thought of Comte de Montalembert
, both sympathetic with his own views on slavery.
He had interesting interviews with Guizot
, Drouyn de Lhuys
, and the historian Mignet
He wrote from Paris
to Dr. Howe
, April 23:—
It is now a month since I wrote you from the British Channel.
In this interval I have had many experiences, mostly pleasant.
My tine is intensely occupied.
Besides making acquaintances here, and seeing the world more than any other American at this time, I am visiting the museums and other objects of interest most systematically.
But I am sometimes troubled to find how little I can bear now, compared with that insensibility to fatigue which I had once, even a year ago. My whole system is still morbidly sensitive, and after a walk which would have been pastime once, I drag my legs along with difficulty.
Add to this a terrific cold,—they call it la grippe here,—which I have had for three weeks, and which has compelled me to keep the house