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[256] objections to matters of style, or to special opinions, omissions, and statements; but all the articles which carried weight with them agreed in praise and respect.1

Private letters also flowed in, of course, and some of these are of a character suitable to be introduced here.2

From J. Lothrop Motley to G. Ticknor.

Chestnut Street, Boston, December 29, 1849.
My dear Sir,—At the risk of appearing somewhat impolite, I have delayed expressing my thanks to you for your kindness in sending me a copy of your ‘History of Spanish Literature,’ until I had read the whole work. This I have now done very carefully, and parts of it several times, and I am happy to express to you my sincere congratulations at the eminent success which you have attained. Your book is an honor to yourself and to American literature.

I felt sure, before reading it, that it would be thorough, accurate, learned, and that the subject would be entirely exhausted by your labors; but as histories of literature, with a few exceptions, have generally been rather arid and lifeless productions, occupying rather a place upon the library shelf as books of reference than upon the table as sources of entertainment and instruction at the same time, I must confess that I was not prepared for three volumes of so exceedingly interesting and picturesque a character as these which you have given to the world.

In this result, I think you may take the most credit to yourself for

1 The more important notices of Mr. Ticknor's work, at its first appearance, were the following: ‘London Quarterly’ (by Richard Ford); ‘North American,’ January, 1850 (by W. H. Prescott); ‘British Quarterly,’ February, 1850; ‘London Athenaeum,’ March, 1850; ‘Revue des Deux Mondes,’ 1850 (by Rossieuw de St. Hilaire); ‘El Heraldo,’ Madrid, March, 1850 (by Domingo del Monte); ‘London Morning Chronicle,’ May, 1850 (by Shirley Brooks, who wrote to Mr. Ticknor to inform him of the authorship); ‘Christian Examiner,’ Boston, April, 1850 (by G. S. Hillard); ‘Methodist Quarterly,’ New York (by C. C. Felton); ‘L'Opinion Publique,’ Paris, which had five articles in 1851 (by Count Adolphe de Circourt); ‘London Spectator,’ ‘Examiner,’ ‘Literary Gazette,’ and ‘Gentleman's Magazine,’ 1850; ‘Journal des Debats,’ 1852 (by Philarete Chasles, who also paid a tribute to the work in his ‘Voyages d'un Critique en Espagne,’ 1868); ‘Blatter fur Literarische Unterhaltung,’ 1853 (by Ferdinand Wolf).

2 A delightful letter from Washington Irving has already been published in his Memoirs, which deprives us of the pleasure of producing it here.

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