search of health and some of instruction; and his father, anticipating his wishes, had secured for him a place in the same vessel.
The separation from home cost him a severe struggle, and nothing could have enabled him to keep his resolution but the clear perception that it was the only means by which he could fit himself for future usefulness in the path he had chosen.
He sailed in the Liverpool packet, on the 16th of April, 1815.
He had the happiness of the companionship of four of his most valued and intimate friends,—Mr.Perkins
and Mrs. Samuel G. Perkins
, Mr. Edward Everett
, and Mr. Haven
, of Portsmouth, N. H.
Among other passengers were two young sons of Mr. John Quincy Adams
, on their way to join their father, then United States
Minister at St. Petersburg
wrote many pages during his voyage to his father and mother, full of affection and cheering thoughts, and giving incidents and details, to amuse their solitary hours.
The last page gives his first natural feeling at the startling news that met the passengers as they entered the Mersey
Many years later he dictated his recollections of the state of feeling he observed on his arrival in England
In May, 1815, I arrived in Liverpool.
When I left Boston, Bonaparte was in Elba, and all Europe in a state of profound peace.