well. I know the depth, strength, and constancy of his affections, as the whole world knows the beauty of his life and character. And oh! how I rejoice that these are all to mingle in loving harmony with your great gifts of heart and mind. God bless you! God bless you both! You will strengthen each other for the duties of life; and the most beautiful happiness shall be yoursthat derived from inextinguishable mutual love, and from the consciousness of duty done. You have accepted my dear Howe as your lover; pray let me ever be
Your most affectionate friend, Charles Sumner.P. S. Sir Huldbrand has subdued the restless Undine, and the soul has been inspired into her; and her ‘wickedness’ shall cease.
Longfellow's letter to Dr. Howe also has been preserved among the precious relics of the time.
My dearest chevalier,From the deepest dungeons of my heart, all the imprisoned sympathies and affections of my nature cry aloud to you, saying “All hail!” On my return from Portland this afternoon, I found your note, and before reading it I read in Sumner's eyes your happiness. The great riddle of life is no longer a riddle to you; the great mystery is solved. I need not say to you how very deeply and devoutly I rejoice with you; and no one more so, I assure you. Among all your friends, I am the oldest friend of your .76