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[176] happy. After the custom of Swiss schools, he made many excursions on foot through various parts of the country. He acquired a great deal of general information on these journeys. He improved very much in his character, and became also a good French scholar. He won the affection of his excellent teacher, who kept up a correspondence with him until his death, and who writes of him as follows after hearing that sad news:—

De ce cote de l'ocean, tous ceux qui ont connu Robert Shaw regrettent vivement sa perte, et sympathisent du fond de leur coeur avec les douleurs qu'elle a causees dans sa famille et dans son pays, ou il avait deja su, si jeune, se faire remarquer par ses riches qualityes.

A few extracts from his own letters from Neuchatel will show something of his life there.

Neuchatel, November, 1852.

Dear mother,—I was just going to put a letter to father in the post, when I got yours. At the end of this lake there is a great deal of low country, which is generally overflowed every autumn; but this year it has been under water three times, and the inhabitants of the villages in the neighborhood are nearly starving, because all their crops have been spoiled. Why do you like the character of Marcus Brutus? He murdered his adopted father, and I don't see much to admire in that. Have you seen that book named Uncle Tom's Cabin? You said something about not being afraid of declaring one's opinion. I'm sure I should n't be afraid of saying that we were Unitarians, if there could be any kind of use in it; but as it is, it would only bring up discussions and conversations, which would be very stupid and tiresome; and as I don't want to become reformer, apostle, or anything of that kind, there is no use in doing disagreeable things for nothing. The other night there was a great fire on the other side of the lake, and a whole village was burnt.

There was a row here the other night, because a man who had been the cook of Hortense Beauharnais, Louis Napoleon's mother, illuminated his windows, and painted on them, “ Vive Napoldeon III.” Then the Republicans got together and broke all his windows. I suppose you know that Louis Napoleon has had seven million votes, and will soon be crowned Emperor. He has liberated Abd-el-


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