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2 Sumner, writing to C. F. Adams, described the club as ‘founded as long ago as 1811, by the celebrated botanist De Candolle, which has among its members two or three professors, several retired men of letters, two or three judges of the Supreme Court, one banker, and several proprietors. This description may remind you of the Friday Night Club of Boston. But the sumptuary law of the Montpellier club is strict. The entertainment is always confined to tea and four small plates of confectionery. I doubt if the expense any evening when I was present went beyond one or two francs; and yet I assure you that I have listened there to conversation on art, architecture, science, history, politics, and latterly on the prospects of war, which would not have disgraced a Boston club of any name.’
3 1804-1860; archeologist, and author of various notes on the historical monuments of France and Italy, and of a book on the art of engraving in Italy, Germany, the Pays Bas, and France, published in 1853; born and always having his home in Montpellier; a republican during the reigns of Louis Philippe and Louis Napoleon. He made long calls on Sumner, during which they talked on French literature.
4 1817-1879; distinguished in literary and historical studies, one of his papers being entitled, ‘La Promenade du Peyrou et la Cathedrale de Montpellier;’ member of the French Academy; professor at Montpellier, 1843-1863, and from 1863 at the Sorboune. He served the government in the department of education from 1870 to 1872.
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