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All would ask you to come home as soon as you can make convenient and becoming arrangements to do so. And how you will be received! . . . .

To Sir Edmund Head.

Boston, January 30, 1866.
my dear Head,—I should have written to you earlier, I suppose, but I have been ill. . . . . However, the doctors have patched me up, so that I am well enough for 74-5. At least, I am as well off as the eidolon of Branca d'oria, and, perhaps, as hollow. E mangia, e bee, e dorme, e veste panni. We shall see. Among other things that I missed while I was in this ‘interlunar cave,’ I failed to see your Icelandic translation, in Frazer, till yesterday. I sent for it three times; but, as so often happens, I did not get it till I went for it myself. But I have been paid for my trouble. I enjoyed it very much, and have become eager to see more, of which I find a notice in the ‘Times,’ that came to me a few days ago. Meanwhile, I want the title of Bechstein's ‘Deutsches Lesebuch,’ so that I can order it, and read ‘Es stehen die Sterne am Himmel.’ Burger was a miserable scamp; but still I should be sorry to have the credit of Lenore taken away from him. I have always understood that he got the hint for it from hearing a peasant-girl, as she was washing in a clear moonlight night, sing about
Die Todten reiten schnelle,
Feins Liebchen, grant dir nicht.
At least, this was the tradition at Gottingen,—not, perhaps, in the days of Matilda Pottingen, but just half a century ago, when I lived there; and I don't like to have it disturbed, except on very good grounds. . . . . We have just finished reading ‘Lecky’ loud,—by far the most interesting book I have read since poor Buckle's, and more satisfactory than his,—not presumptuous in its generalizations, and safer in its statements of fact. . . . .

Yours ever,

To Lady Cranworth.

Boston, U. S. A., December 24, 1866.
my dear Lady Cranworth, . . . . Please to tell Lord Cranworth, that, bearing his suggestion in mind, I read ‘Le Conscrit,’ as, in fact, I had run it over when it first came out. It is a very interesting,

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