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[594] tour may produce a complete restoration to health, and that a long career of distinguished honor and success awaits you in your own country, believe me, etc.

Lady Hatherton, acknowledging, July 14, 1863, Sumner's letter of condolence on her husband's death, said:—

He spoke of you often when tidings of your unhappy country filled him with grief, as he knew how you must be suffering in spirit. Your visits to Teddesley dwelt in his memory as a pleasant retrospect which he hoped might be renewed. This May not be, alas! but whenever you do come to England, I trust to your remembering me for his sake, and trying to give me the pleasure of seeing you again.

During his two visits to Paris in 1859, and while in London, Sumner indulged his passion for rare books (rare as to binding or edition), old manuscripts, engravings bought with reference to the date of the impressions, and bronzes,—spending in this way at least two thousand dollars, and probably five hundred more. His engravings often cost him fifty dollars each. For one manuscript bought of Ledoyen in Paris he paid two hundred and seventy dollars. His bronzes were mostly from Barbedienne's. He could not bargain, and always paid the first and highest price. He bought at this time of Joseph Parkes the album kept at Geneva containing the autographs of Milton and Strafford, which he had seen on his visit of 1838-1840, and which he prized through life more than any of his possessions. For this he paid forty pounds.1 He made similar purchases by order after his return; among them, copies of the ‘Young Augustus’ and the ‘Psyche,’ executed by his friend Story.2 These purchases and the expenses of his illness absorbed all his income. He wrote, Jan. 25, 1859, to Howe, who had charge of his finances: ‘A few years ago I had a scheme of prudence and of economy which would have made me at this time master of ten thousand dollars. Important as this is to me at my time of life, I must renounce it for the sake of my health.’ He sailed from Liverpool in the ‘Canada’ November 5, and arrived in Boston on the morning of the 21st. Among the passengers were Hillard, Sidney Howard Gay, and George Shea.

1 Ante, vol. II. pp. 124, 131. Articles prepared by Sumner, and describing the album and the first edition of Thomson's ‘Seasons’ which he had bought, may be found in the Boston Transcript, Jan. 9 and 12. 1860.

2 His marbles became his sister Julia's; his bronzes were divided between Longfellow and Dr. Howe; his engravings are in the Art Museum of Boston; and his books, autographs, and old manuscripts in the Library of Harvard College.

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