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[555] old town walls, and then drove to Eaton Hall, the magnificent seat of the Marquis of Westminster, in pursuance of a kind invitation which I had received from the Marchioness. Arrived there before lunch; the Marchioness showed me through the house and took me to my room most hospitably; notwithstanding rain, visited the gardens and stables; at dinner were Sir Edward Cust, master of ceremonies at the palace, Mr. Antrobus of the English legation at Washington in 1816-1819, Mr. Parker1 the archaeologist, and several others, besides the two daughters of my hosts, who seemed very sensible and well educated.

November 6. Lord Westminster read prayers in the chapel at a quarter before ten o'clock this morning; breakfast at ten; resisted all hospitable welcome to stay. Lady W. kindly hoped that when I next came to England I should come direct to her house. At eleven o'clock left, seeing the famous horse Touchstone as I drove out of the park. At two o'clock reached the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, where Mr. Richard Rathbone2 had been waiting for me several hours; looked about Liverpool, and then went with him to his house in the neighborhood, where was only his family; after dinner we were joined by William H. Channing.3

November 7. Saturday, my appointed day of sailing. Mr. R. at eleven o'clock drove me to the Adelphi Hotel; at twelve o'clock to the pier, where I embarked on a small steamer with the passengers and their luggage for the steamer “Niagara,” a Cunard packet bound for Boston; at about three o'clock all was ready, and the voyage commenced.

November 17. Tuesday. At midnight reached Halifax. The voyage has not been very rough; the first days were even pleasant; but I have suffered as ever from sea-sickness, and have not yet taken a single meal at the table. Much of my time has been passed in my state-room. . . . Went ashore at Halifax, and took a stroll through Mud and darkness; soon returned to the ship.

November 18. At five o'clock this morning the steamer started for Boston.

November 19. The day pleasant; harbor of Boston beautiful; about four o'clock steamer reached the wharf.

Sumner left England against the protests of his friends, who felt certain that he required a longer period of recuperation. George Combe submitted his case to Sir James Clark, the Queen's physician, and both advised against his immediate return to public duties; but he would not heed their counsels, anxious to be again at his post. He had taken such keen enjoyment in society and travel that at times he felt himself almost well again; but he was often reminded, by excessive weariness and sensitiveness in the spine, that he was still an invalid. His absence for eight months from exciting scenes

1 John H. Parker (1806-1884).

2 1788-1860. Ante, vol. II. pp. 370, 378.

3 1810-1884; an American divine of the Unitarian faith, then in charge of a church in Liverpool; nephew and biographer of William Ellery Channing.

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