hysterical laugh when she was carried off the stage.
I absolutely dread to see her again.’
remained in London
a little more than a month, which was to him a period of animated interest and high enjoyment.
It was the height of the London
season, when Parliament was in session, and the great metropolis gathered within its folds a large proportion of the science, literature, and art of the whole country.
Uncommon social opportunities were held out to him, and the kindness with which he was received was an unbiassed tribute to his social gifts; for London society, though hospitable, is fastidious, and will not tolerate any one who cannot contribute his fair share to the common stock of entertainment.
In some respects his good fortune was rare and exceptional, for it so happened that he saw frequently, and on easy and familiar terms, Lord Byron, the most brilliant man of letters in England
, and Sir Humphry Davy
, the most brilliant man of science.
Every hour of his time was agreeably filled with social engagements or visits to the many points of interest with which his reading had made him familiar, and the high pulse of his enjoyment is felt in his letters and journals.