previous next

[76] 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

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Charles Sumner (2)
Julia Ward Howe (2)
Fanny Longfellow (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: