the friendship, which their correspondence had cherished and increased, between the King
and Mr. Ticknor
, was further strengthened by the warm and simple welcome which King John gave his American friend, desiring him to come to Pillnitz
to see him without other form than at a private house, and summoning him repeatedly to dinner, on all which occasions he treated him with affectionate confidence.
On the 27th of August Mr. Ticknor
took his family for a short visit to Berlin
, where they remained together for six days, and where he outstayed his party.
Rejoining the ladies in Dresden
on the 7th of September, he again left them there on the 14th, and went to Berlin
for another week.
, where he stopped three times in his journeys to and fro, he was busy for the Library, and in Berlin
he did a great deal of laborious work.
But in Berlin
, as in Dresden
, he found old and new friends, and in subsequent letters he describes his enjoyment of daily intercourse with Humboldt
and the entertainment of a great Court dinner at Potsdam
, on occasion of the arrival of the Grand Duke
for his marriage with a princess of Prussia
This was Mr. Ticknor
's only opportunity for conversation with the then reigning sovereign, Frederic William
IV., whose varied accomplishments and versatile talent made a strong impression on him. Von Raumer
and Count Raczynski
, among old acquaintances, and the younger Schadow
, among new ones, added to the pleasures of Berlin
On finally leaving Dresden
, September 25, Mr.Ticknor
and Mrs. Ticknor
had further proof of the constancy of those who had formerly been kind to them, in the warm and earnest welcome given to the whole party at Tetschen
, where they stopped a few hours to see Count Thun
and his daughters.2
Old memories were recalled,—some sadly and tenderly, for the Countess