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[588] Parker,1 then an invalid, with whom he drove six hours the day after Parker's arrival. Bemis wrote in his journal an account of a conversation in Sumner's room, with Motley and Parker present, when Sumner spoke of John A. Andrew, hoping he would soon be governor of Massachusetts, and recalling Judge Peleg Sprague's tribute to his ability as a lawyer. This was Sumner's last intercourse with Parker, whom he accompanied, June 24, to the railway station as the latter left Paris for Geneva.2 Sumner met again in Paris Montalembert, Villemain, the Mohls, the Circourts, and R. M. Milnes.3 At the Princess Belgiojoso's4 he met Mignet, Henri Martin, and Cousin, with whom he had had interviews in 1838, and conversed with them on literature and current events. He passed much time in the shops of the Rue Rivoli and the quais. He took great pleasure in exhibition of Ary Scheffer's pictures.

His physician directing a trial of sea-baths, he went to Dieppe, June 26; but dissatisfied with a place which lacked libraries or other interests, he remained only a day, and left for London. There he passed a busy month, filled with invitations to breakfasts and dinners from the Sutherlands, Lansdownes, Westminster, Granvilles, Palmerstons, Argylls, Stanhopes, Cranworths, Wensleydales, Kinnairds; as also from Reeve, Senior, Macaulay,5 Sir Henry Holland, T. Baring, Buxton, Denison, and Mrs. Norton.6 He met again Brougham and Lyndhurst. Lady Byron, an invalid, asked him to tea, referring to the pleasure which he and Lady Arabella King found in each other's society. He was present at a reception at Strawberry Hill. The Speaker gave him a seat for a month under the gallery of the House, which he frequently occupied. London society, agreeable as it was, was too much of a strain, and he left,

1 Mr. Parker spoke at the time most affectionately of Sumner, calling him ‘the great, dear, noble soul.’ Weiss's ‘Life of Parker,’ vol. II. p. 298; Frothingham's ‘Life of Parker,’ p. 515.

2 Parker's powers of endurance were at the time greater than Sumner's, and their friends who saw them then thought Parker more likely to be the survivor.

3 The Grotes had passed some time in the previous summer at St. Germain en Laye. Mrs. Grote, in a letter to Senior, described a ‘real jolly day,’ Aug. 3, 1858, in which she took Sumner and M. and Madame du Quaire to drive in the forest. They, as well as Mr. Grote, Henri Martin, and Circourt, dined together in the garden. Another drive followed, and Sumner returned to Paris at half-past 10 in the evening.

4 1808-1871. Of a noble family of Milan; exiled by Austria for her liberal ideas; a traveller and author.

5 1808-1871. Of a noble family of Milan; exiled by Austria for her liberal ideas; a traveller and author.

6 He met Thackeray and Cruikshank at L. B. Mackinnon's.

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