Very soon after his arrival at West Point
, Mr. Ticknor
received the sad news of the illness and death of his friend, Mr. N. A. Haven
, of Portsmouth
A close sympathy in tastes, and an accordance of judgment in respect to the motives of action, the objects of life, and the foundation of character, had given to their friendship unusual closeness and intimacy.
. Mr. Haven
died on the 3d of June, and on the 9th Mr. Ticknor
Here, surrounded by those who take no interest in my feelings, I cannot help expressing to you my deep sorrow at the loss of Haven.
It pursues me wherever I go. I did not think it would have fallen so heavily on my heart; or, rather, I thought I had more prepared myself for it. But there is no preparation for such things; we may feel composed, as we see one who is dear to us gradually sinking away from our cares and affections; but the last step, the change from life to death, is so sudden, so great, that there is no proper preparation for it. I felt as if it were unexpected, when I read your letter this morning.
The blood rushed to my head as if I had then