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[548] Mr. Ellis; after dinner also Mr. Paull,1 now member for St. Ives, who remembered meeting me at Berlin.

August 4. Lunched at Argyll Lodge; called on Lady Morgan;2 went to House of Commons; dined at Senior's en famille.

August 5. Mr. Parkes breakfasted with me; at ten o'clock left London; took the train to Godalming, where I got upon the outside of the stage-coach for twenty-four miles on my way to Mr. Cobden's at Midhurst, passing the great estates of Petworth, now in the hands of Colonel Wyndham. Mr. Cobden was waiting for me at half-past 6 o'clock, and drove me to his pleasant home.

August 6. Rode on horseback with Mr. Cobden to the Downs; several of the neighbor squires to dinner.

August 7. Mr. Cobden drove me in an open wagon to Chichester (twelve miles), where I was to take the train for Weymouth; visited the cathedral there, where are works of Flaxman and the tomb of Chillingworth; lunched at the house of a cousin of Mr. C.

August 10. Left Jersey at half-past 10 o'clock; arrived at Granville about two o'clock; the tide did not allow us to enter the harbor, and we landed on the rocks, going ashore in a small boat; the police came aboard, and with them the secretary of the mayor, who handed me a most hospitable letter from M. de Tocqueville. After an hour in the streets of Granville, a small sea-port and watering-place, took the diligence for Coutances (eighteen miles), where I did not arrive till dark.

August 11. Rose before five o'clock to visit the noble cathedral here. At six o'clock was in a coupe for Valognes; found in the coupe an intelligent and talkative priest; breakfasted at Carentan,—poorly enough! At Valognes hired a char-à--bancs, with one horse and a man, to drive me to Tocqueville, where I arrived about five o'clock; kindly received; chateau three or four centuries old; was warned particularly by M. de T. not to wear a white cravat at dinner,—that the habits of country life in France were less formal than in England. Nobody here but M. and Madame de T. and an elderly French lady.

August 12. Dejeuner at half-past 10 o'clock; then a walk with M. de Tocqueville in the grounds; then conversation and reading at home; afterwards a drive to the neighboring town of St. Pierre, and a call at the Chateau de St. Pierre, now belonging to M. Blangy, with its beautiful park, where the Abbe St. Pierre was born; then home to dinner at seven o'clock; in the evening the ladies play at billiards.

August 13. Another pleasant day. Mr. Hammond, the British consul at Cherbourg, came over with his two daughters to pass the day. M. de T. took us to visit Barfleur, and also the heights of Epernel, from which the whole country about could be seen; view admirable; caught in rain.

August 14. At eight o'clock left the chateau with M. de T. in his carriage for Cherbourg; went in one of the admiral's boats to visit the breakwater and the wonderful works for the dock; dined with the British consul to meet company; after dinner, parted from M. de T., who invited me most kindly to visit him again.3

1 Henry Paull.

2 Sumner made her acquaintance in 1838. Ante, vol. II. pp. 21, 46.

3 Sumner described his visit to Tocqueville in a letter to Longfellow, Aug. 18, 1857. Longfellow's ‘Life,’ vol. III. pp. 50, 51.

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