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I do wish to know exactly how you are; so never think you can tell me too much about this. I do trust all that severe suffering is to end in restored health. How strange it Must seem to you to be obliged to be quiet and inactive! But how many who have fought God's battles here have been so taught to know where the strength is which is to win the fight? God bless you through it all, dear Mr. Sumner! He knows how hard it is for you,—harder for your friends, perhaps,—that you should stand and wait, and suffer, alas too.

The Earl of Carlisle wrote, Feb. 8, 1859:—

My dearest friend,—I received with delight your kind words on their errand of friendship and sympathy. When I made the speech1 to which you refer you were certainly very prominently before my mind, and I think I must have had some unconscious instinct that you might see what I had said. I was very much pleased on the same occasion to make my first acquaintance with your friend Mr. Forster, for whose roof, I believe, you left Mine, or vice versa, when you were last in England. I was much struck with his straightforward grasp of mind. I went to see Harriet Martineau in the autumn, chiefly because you told me to do so. . . . In only one respect have I to find fault with your letter, and that must be very gravely,— you do not vouchsafe one syllable about the state of your own health, which is what above most things in the world I wished to be well informed about. Why did you not tell me? Do you think I am wanting in interest, in fulness and tenderness of sympathy about you? I know my own shortcomings as a correspondent; but you must be aware how the love I have always felt for you since we met at the chief secretary's lodge in the Phoenix Park, at least a score of years ago, has not ceased to glow with its own warmth, though it may have been deepened into the soberer heat of reverence.


Sumner left Paris for Montpellier Nov. 25, 1858;2 and while stopping for a day at Avignon3 he was struck with a sharp pain in the left leg, which prostrated him. He attempted a walk; and people in the streets stopped to look at the strange figure of one who seemed so old in gait and yet whose face was that of youth. This relapse was most discouraging, and he was almost in despair.

Montpellier, a city of fifty thousand inhabitants in 1859, lies on the Gulf of Lyons, within easy distance from Cette on the west, and Nimes and Arles to the east. It is aside from the track of tourists, and is now less than formerly the resort of invalids, who are repelled by its variable climate and its shadeless and dusty streets. It has a fine gallery, and is distinguished

1 Address before the Antislavery Society at Leeds.

2 He received from Mr. Fish and family an invitation to dine on Thanksgiving Day.

3 He had stopped at Macon to visit Lamartine's chateaux.

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