In the autumn of 1853 he joined his parents in Italy
, where he remained nearly a year, most of the time in Florence
He studied Italian
with much diligence, and in July of 1854 he went to Hanover
, in order to study German
, and also to prepare himself to enter Harvard College on his return to his own country.
His parents felt such confidence in his character and habits as to allow him to be his own master while in Germany
, and they never had reason to regret it. He learned to write and speak German with fluency, and enjoyed very much the opportunity he found there of hearing good music, of which he was very fond.
His letters show the innocent and youthful zest with which he engaged in the social enjoyments about him, while there are glimpses of deeper thought.
Previous to a visit to Paris
, to pass Christmas
, he writes:—