We have sometimes differed of late years; but our differences have been such as flowed inevitably from diversity of organization and temperament. I have never loved you the less. If there has ever been anything in my manner from which a different inference might have been drawn (I don't say that you have drawn it), forgive it and forget it; look upon it as a cloud bred of my infirmities, and not myself. You do not, cannot, know how sorely I have been tried in all sorts of ways. You have seen where I have yielded, but not known how much I have resisted.1 Do not allude to these things in our correspondence. I write these words for you to think upon in case we should never meet again.When Sumner, in the early part of 1850, deprecated Hillard's opposition in the Legislature to certain antislavery resolutions, the latter in his reply claimed for himself the same candid and friendly judgment which he had always extended to his friend's course and motives, and insisted that ‘true friendship rests upon mutual respect for the moral and intellectual rights of others.’ Late in the same year, in acknowledging the gift of Sumner's two volumes of orations, while declining to assent to all they contained, Hillard recognized the purity of motive and sincerity of conviction which inspired them. Sumner went occasionally to parties, and attended some of the assemblies at Papanti's Hall,—then a centre of social life, and frequented by many whose dancing days had passed; but after the controversy with Winthrop, he could not enter miscellaneous society without meeting persons who either cut him directly or had become unamiable in look or word, and he more and more kept aloof from it. To those whom he admitted to his innermost life he was accustomed, as some years before, to speak sadly of his loneliness. Some of them, Felton and How, bade him marry, telling him it was time for him to act on the interesting subject on which he had already talked too long,—a chaffing which he seemed to invite rather than repel. Indeed, there was much of seriousness in his recurrence to the old theme; and well there might be when he saw his contemporaries rejoicing in wife and children, and himself still solitary and passing from youth. He had confided his thoughts to Dr.
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1 An allusion to the influence of the Ticknors.
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