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[578] a prize from the Art Society of Brussels. Taillandier, leaving for Provence a few days before Sumner left for Italy, expressed in a note his great pleasure in their association and his earnest hope of renewing it. He kept his American friend fresh in recollection, and whenever he met the Gordons inquired for the latest news from him. Three years after Sumner left Montpellier, he said to Richard Gordon, “Je me rappelerai avec orgueil que j'ai eu l'honneur de compter parmi les auditeurs les plus assidus de mon cours l'illustre senateur des États Unis, M. Charles Sumner.” The elder Gordon, with whom Sumner kept up a correspondence, mentioned, May 24, soon after they parted, how at every meeting his friends inquired earnestly for him, as ‘Renouvier, Taillandier, Bouchet (he of the horny hand, who tills his own soil), Masarin, and Carabine Mares,—from all of whom I am charged with kindest remembrances and compliments, which if given verbatim would swell this letter to a sheet of foolscap.’ And again, October 27: ‘All your messages and remembrances to your many friends here have been duly communicated to them; and you may rest assured, should Montpellier ever again have the happiness of possessing you, that you will be hailed with a welcome which will prove to you that fickle though the French are said to be, yet when an impression is made by a master hand it remains indelible with them.’ Sumner was the correspondent of Captain Gordon while the latter lived. He was accustomed to send to Professor Martins the scientific publications of our government,—among them the reports of the explorations for the railroad to the Pacific. The latter wrote, in November, 1878, an account of Sumner's life in Montpellier, which closed thus: ‘I cannot help expressing my regret in not having been informed of the visit that Mr. Sumner made to Paris in 1872. 1 should certainly have gone to take him by the hand. I hope this letter May be satisfactory to you. It will prove to you at least that we have kept in remembrance the excellent and distinguished man who is the subject of your biography.’ But among Sumner's friends in Montpellier none felt his fascination more than young Richard Gordon, whose Christian name he was accustomed to abbreviate in a familiar way,—giving him as they parted at the station a small volume, Gourdon's ‘Grammaire Heraldique,’1

1 Sumner was always interested in pedigrees as illustrating local or general history. He inquired of M. Martins as to those of families in the neighborhood; but they were of little account.

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