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The Prince was consistently courteous to the last, followed me to the door with kind compliments, and then, turning back, ceased, I dare say, in five minutes, to think or remember anything more about me, as Sancho says, than ‘about the shapes of the last yearns clouds.’ I take him to be the most consummate statesman of his sort that our time has produced.1


1 Baron Humboldt wrote to Mr. Ticknor from Sans Souci, September 8, 1837: ‘Le Prince Metternich, que j'ai vu à Teplitz, a éte ravi des entretiens qu'il a eus avec vous. Ne dans une republique, vous aurez, pourtant, paru plus raisonnable à ses yeux, que ce qu'il appelle mon liberalisme.’

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