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[581] faith in their cause; they must be proud of it. Of course, such an austerity of principle will not make public life a path of roses. Among new accessions to our forces will be Mr. Eliot, and I think, also, Mr. Alley.1

Sumner retained always pleasant memories of Montpellier. He wrote, Nov. 7, 1859, from Althorp, Earl Spencer's seat, to the elder Gordon:—

And now I look with increased. longing and tenderness towards Montpellier. My residence there in such retirement, compared with my life elsewhere, seems like a fable or a dream. Most truly do I wish that I could repeat it. I need not say how much you contributed to make it agreeable. I often think of my quiet walks, my visits to the library, the lectures, friends, and then my weekly repast with you. I trust that my excellent doctor, who declined all fee, has a long list of patients who pay him well.

And again from Boston, Sept. 7, 1860:—

Be assured that your letter was most pleasant; for it gave me souvenirs of persons and places that will be ever dear to me. I often think of Montpellier, and never without blessing the day which turned my steps to that quiet place. So familiar is it to my mind that I can see clearly all its streets, buildings, and promenades, with the swans in the water. Would that I could enjoy a day there again with old friends, and another lecture of Taillandier! Yesterday Agassiz dined with me; we always talk of Martins. Pray tell him how grateful I am for his friendly thought of me.

The railway journey from Montpellier to Marseilles, broken by a day at Aries, greatly wearied him. Between Marseilles and Toulon he had while in the diligence another attack of the angina pectoris,—the first he had experienced for more than three months. It came so sharply that he was on the point of asking the driver to stop; but he was shortly relieved, and went on. At Cannes he met Lord Brougham and Baron Bunsen,2—both anticipating his arrival with most cordial notes of invitation. He made pauses at Genoa, Pisa, Lucca, and Florence,3 and reached Naples by steamer from Leghorn, April 9. He remained there ten days, visiting places of interest in company with Mr. George Bemis, of Boston, whom he found unexpectedly at the Hotel Victoria. They made visits to the museum and to several churches,—San Filippo Neri, Santa Chiara, and

1 Thomas D. Eliot and John B Alley.

2 Bunsen made a long call on him, in which Sumner was struck by his ‘learning and humanity.’

3 At Florence, where he remained ten days, he was entertained at the British Legation, and by M. Francois Sabatier-Unger at the Villa Concezione, to whom he had been commended by Mr. Gordon. Besides visits to the churches and galleries, he took much interest in Mr. Jarves's collection, which he hoped could be secured for Boston.

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