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1 Mr. Cogswell's attachment to Mr. Ticknor, which lasted through their joint lives, was thus expressed in a letter written in 1814: ‘George's affection has been very dear to me. He has entered into my feelings, he has loved those that I did, he has felt an unfeigned sympathy in my sorrow, he has uniformly sought my happiness and shared my unlimited confidence. Besides, I was proud in being known to be his friend; when I was walking with him I loved to meet those who knew me; as his companion I felt myself welcome wherever I went.’ Mr. Cogswell, then twenty-eight years old, had already seen the world, and endured severe trials.
2 In the Preface to his ‘History of Spanish Literature,’ Mr. Ticknor calls Mr. F. C. Gray ‘a scholar who should permit the world to profit more than it does, by the large resources of his accurate and tasteful learning’; and Mr. Prescott said of him, ‘I think he was the most remarkable man I ever knew, for variety and fulness of information, and a perfect command of it. He was a walking encyclopedia. I have seen many men who had excellent memories, provided you would let them turn to their libraries to get the information you wanted; but no matter on what subject you talked with him, his knowledge was at his fingers' ends, and entirely at your service.’—Life of Prescott, Appendix F.
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