previous next
[566] yet healed. These render every change of posture difficult, slow walking very painful, and the constantly irritating motion of a carriage nearly intolerable. The bed gives only a cramped, labored repose; for the nature and position of the fire wounds are such as to forbid the poor privilege of tossing about under penalty of fresh agony. This state of things has lasted now for nearly six weeks. Meanwhile, however, the burns are slowly closing over; and Dr. Brown-Sequard, who is in daily attendance, does not propose to apply the moxa again for the next two months.

Some new features in the case have developed, causing the patient intense new pains. It is throwing but little light on them to say that they are neuralgic, constringing and oppressing the chest as with a torturing, deadly weight. They have been considerably reduced by the administration of hot baths and powerful internal remedies. If I rightly understand the physician and his patient, these new pains are to be regarded purely as an effect of sympathy between the nerves in the region of the chest and the great nervous central column, not as an extension to that region of the malady of the latter, nor as an independent local disease of those nerves.

In June and July Sumner passed the greater part of the time in his bed, unable even to take the air in a drive. He saw few persons, as it was difficult for him to move about; and indeed lie had little heart for society. Among his American callers were Mr. Woods,—always ready with kind offices for him, as for all fellow-countrymen,—William C. Bryant, Professor Felton, George Bemis, Thomas N. Dale, and Mrs. Ritchie of Boston; and among English friends full of sympathy whom he met were Mr.Grote and Mrs. Grote, Madame du Quaire, Madame Molh, Mr.Browning and Mrs. Browning, and Mrs. Jameson.1 In August he passed a day with the Grotes at St. Germain. Among French friends who came to him or communicated their interest were Auguste Carlier,2 the Comte and Comtesse de Circourt, and Laboulaye. The last-named desired to know about Channing,—a topic always grateful to Sumner. Madame Mohl was his companion in a call at Rueil on M. and Madame Turgenev.3 He listened to a lecture on Schelling4 at the Institute, receiving a complimentary ticket from Mignet, the lecturer. Tender messages came across the channel from the Wharncliffes, Roebuck, Harriet Martineau,

1 He wrote to Longfellow, July 19; ‘My chief solace latterly has been in seeing Mrs. Jameson, whose conversation is clear, instructive, and most friendly, and in the Brownings; all of these have been full of kindness for me, and I like them all very much.’

2 He died in 1890, aged 87; author of ‘La Republique Americaine. États Unis,’ and of different works on the United States, where he lived in the years 1855-1857.

3 Turgenev and his book. ‘La Russie et les Busses,’ are mentioned in Sumner's speech on ‘The Barbarism of Slavery,’ June 4, 1860; Works, vol. v. pp. 103, 104.

4 Printed in ‘Memoires de l'academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques,’ vol. XI. p. 33.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
United States (United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1890 AD (1)
June 4th, 1860 AD (1)
1857 AD (1)
1855 AD (1)
August (1)
July 19th (1)
July (1)
June (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: