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1 For descriptions of Sumner's life at Montpellier see his letters, Jan. 24 and 25, 1859, printed in Longfellow's ‘Life,’ vol. III. pp. 55-59. M. Abauzit, who met Sumner at Montpellier, writes: ‘Mr. Sumner read all the memoirs and correspondence relating to the eighteenth century, particularly the letters of D'Alembert, Diderot, La Harpe, and Grimm. He exhausted, I believe, the public library of the town. He was also delighted with the “Tableau de la Litterature du XVIII ieme Siele du Villemain,” which I had recommended to him.’
3 His mother was English. He went with Sumner and Martins to Aigues Mortes. Sumner had a pleasant acquaintance at Montpellier with another Protestant pastor, M. Tellisier, of Bordeaux. In a letter to John Jay, March 4. 1859. He describes Abauzit as ‘a Protestant clergyman of a beautiful nature and remarkable accomplishments, living in the greatest retirement, with a flock of two thousand peasants, cultivating English and German letters, and speaking these two languages as well as French; of a family famous in the history of Protestantism, compelled to flee at the revocation of the edict of Nantes, finding then a refuge in Switzerland; one of his ancestors selected as an arbiter between Newton. And Leibnitz, and honored by a most remarkable tribute from Rousseau in a note to the “Nonvelle Heloise.” ’ M. Abauzit was a Wesleyan Methodist: and Sumner wrote to Mr. Jay, asking him to send to the pastor documents on the position of the denomination in the United States concerning the slavery question, to enable him to prepare an appeal to them from their brethren in France.
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