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Why will not Spain follow the example of other European powers, and now of Russia,—and declare emancipation in her colonies? This would do more to settle the slavery question than any blow ever before struck. It would at once take Cuba from the field of Mr. Buchanan's lawless desires, and destroy the aliment of filibusters; besides it would be an act of noble justice, as well as of wise statesmanship.

I notice the publication of M. Guizot's memoirs, and look forward to their perusal with great interest. Remember me kindly to M. de Circourt and M. Ampere, and do not forget to commend me to Madame de Tocqueville.

To John Jay, June 1, from the ‘Vanderbilt,’ in the English Channel:—

I have had less sea-sickness than on any previous voyage,—thanks in part to my experience, in part perhaps to the size and power of the steamer. Of my health in other respects I say nothing. I will not deceive myself or others, and yet it does seem to me as if I must in a few months longer exterminate this deep-seated trouble. The table and other arrangements have a California character; but I am glad that I came in this boat, for it takes me to my journey's end swiftly, and that state-room (with an upper berth knocked out) has proved airy, commodious, and free from motion. Five hundred souls have crossed with us,—a strange Babel of languages and people of all sorts. To-day we begin to know each other, and to-night we part. I wish I were at home. It is with real reluctance that I proceed on this pilgrimage, and nothing but the conviction that it is the surest way to regain my health would keep me in it. I long for work, and especially to make myself felt again in our cause. The ghost of two years already dead haunts me.

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