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‘ [394] little or much,—has never ceased to remember that it is a living and a spoken tongue.’1

He mentions to Mr. Daveis some other occupations of his summer's holidays, writing September 19, 1833:—

Among other things I have made a thorough study of the works of Milton and Shakespeare, as nearly three hundred pages of notes and memoranda will testify. It was delicious. Last summer I did the same for Dante, working on each, often twelve and fourteen hours a day, with uninterrupted and equable pleasure. If I am not a better man for it,—and a happier one too,—why, I shall have misused my opportunities scandalously, as many better men have done before me.

He had already been in the habit of expounding Dante to special classes at Cambridge, and mentions doing so, for a section of the Junior class, three times a week during the autumn of 1831. The studies of Shakespeare had one result, in a course of public lectures given in Boston in the winter of 1833-34.

As he never kept a diary of any kind when at home, it is necessary to gather from his letters such extracts as may indicate the variety and nature of his interests; but, at this time, even these are not very ample for the purpose.

To C. S. Daveis, Portland.

August 3, 1831.
I do not know how it may be with you in partibus, but politics here are truly amusing. When I am King, I am afraid it will be impossible, even with you for my Primarius, to keep up half so much merriment as the present incumbent, his followers, and his opponents now produce, before the astonished eyes of their countrymen. However, I promise not to give you so much trouble as the High Contracting Party now in power gives his official keepers. . . . . I am sorry, too, that the secretaries thought it necessary to muzzle him, when he wanted so to roar about Berrien's manifesto; for I think it would have been great sport, through all Athens, to have seen him out in a regular enactment of the lion, and I have no doubt he would have been magnificently encored, and that they would all have shouted, ‘Let him roar again! Let him roar again!’

1 This lecture was published in Boston in 1833.

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