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[572] and less susceptibility in the spine, though not free from some old symptoms. Again he felt that he was grasping health,— the long sought and much desired treasure,—but still uncertain in his hold upon it. Dr. Brown-Sequard, who saw him at once on his arrival in Paris, was altogether gratified with his progress, and assured him of ultimate recovery, but insisted at the same time that he must not yet return to the United States. A consultation of the doctor with Trousseau, the eminent French physician, and with Dr. Hayward, resulted in an approval of the previous treatment, as well as the decision of his physician that he should pass the winter in the south of France, and try dry cupping on the spine and certain drugs.1 Letters from friends showed their sustained sympathy. John Jay wrote, Oct. 18, 1858:—

We have all thought of you, bearing so heroically your martyr pains; and even our youngest children never name you without emotion. my last letter from you was from Paris, giving so graphic an account of your treatment by fire and poison. . . . I pray God, dear Sumner, for your speedy recovery; but if that May not be, I will still thank him for what he has enabled you to accomplish in the past by your efforts and now by your sufferings.

C. F. Adams wrote, Aug. 1, 1858–

The newspaper accounts of your condition I refused to believe until your answer to my wife's notes made them certain. Well, I thought the furnace you lived in was hot enough at Washington; but to be roasted after this extra-fashion is awful. I shudder to think of it. I hope the relief they promise you will compensate for it; but I have an instinctive aversion to medical butchery. You have paid a heavy installment to the cause of liberty. I hope it has come to the last farthing through this fiery trial. And to be so far away from home, too, and from friends to cheer you and to sympathize! It is grievous indeed!

Again, October 3:—

You still talk of repenting your fiery trial. Perhaps you are right. But I would not be the physician to assume the responsibility of advising it,—no, not for worlds.2

The Duchess of Argyll, whose letters were frequent while he was seeking health in Europe, wrote, September 4, from Inverary:

1 Letters of Dr. Brown-Sequard and Dr. Hayward, written November 19 and 20, are printed in the New York Tribune, December 16, and Boston Advertiser, Dec. 17, 1858.

2 He wrote again, November 21, in the same vein.

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