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[389] refers,—the only painting in the room,—is an original, by Leslie, hanging over the fireplace. Mr. Ticknor wrote to Sir Walter in 1824, asking him to sit for his likeness, but leaving the choice of the artist to him. In reply to this request, Sir Walter, with a tact and amiability very characteristic of him, selected the young American painter, then making himself known in England, and invited him to Abbotsford. Mr. Leslie has recorded the experiences of his delightful visit to the Wizard of the North, in his ‘Autobiographical Recollections.’1 He says, ‘In the autumn of 1824 I visited Scotland for the purpose of painting a portrait of Sir Walter Scott, for Mr. Ticknor of Boston’; and,—quoting one of his own letters written at the time,—‘Imagine how delightful these sittings are to me.’ Again, ‘There was more benevolence expressed in Scott's face than is given in any portrait of him; and I am sure there was much in his heart.’ This benevolence Leslie has made very obvious in his painting, while the intellect and the humor belonging there are not lost from sight. Sir Walter wished him to introduce one of his dogs into the picture, but after one or two experiments Leslie wisely decided against it.2

Before leaving the subject of Mr. Ticknor's home we will give one more short description,—from the pen of Hawthorne,— which includes a sketch of Mr. Ticknor himself, as he appeared, at a later period, it is true, but before any marked change had come over his looks or bearing.3

Mr. Folsom accompanied me to call upon Mr. Ticknor, the historian of Spanish literature. He has a fine house at the corner of Park and Beacon Streets, perhaps the very best position in Boston. A marble hall, a wide and easy staircase, a respectable old manservant, evidently long at home in the mansion, to admit us.4 We

1 ‘Autobiographical Recollections of C. R. Leslie.’ Edited by Tom Taylor, 1860.

2 This portrait is mentioned by Lockhart; and Mrs. Lockhart's opinion of it—given to Mr. Ticknor in 1835—will be found in its place.

3 ‘American Note-Books.’

4 John Lynch, having been honored by this notice, deserves a few more words. He had, indeed, been long in Mr. Ticknor's service before this visit in 1850. In June, 1829, Mr. Daveis's kind offices are asked for ‘my good servant, John Lynch,’ who was sent to Portland for a few days, for his health. His periods of actual service in Mr. Ticknor's family amounted to twenty years. While they were in Europe—1835-38–John fell into intemperate habits, and on their return could not, at first, be taken back; but one day he was summoned and asked by Mr. Ticknor if he would take the place again under the condition of a promise never to touch a drop of intoxicating liquor again. Though not quite sober at the moment, he assented; but the next words, ‘Then come this very day,’ sobered him instantly, and made him turn ashy pale with agitation. He kept his word faithfully, soon received the key of the wine-cellar, and never abused his trust. He continued in the family till his strength failed, and was taken care of till he died.

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