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[2239] in which the words traitor and imbecile were heard, received this astounding speech. The Pope was besieged with deputations, and, after two days struggle, was obliged to place the power in the hands of persons most opposed to him, and nominally acquiesce in their proceedings.


to R. W. E. (in London).
Rome, May 19, 1848.
I should like to return with you, but I have much to do and learn in Europe yet. I am deeply interested in this public drama, and wish to see it played out. Methinks I have my part therein, either as actor or historian.

I cannot marvel at your readiness to close the book of European society. The shifting scenes entertain poorly. The flux of thought and feeling leaves some fertilizing soil; but for me, few indeed are the persons I should wish to see again; nor do I care to push the inquiry further. The simplest and most retired life would now please me, only I would not like to be confined to it, in case I grew weary, and now and then craved variety, for exhilaration. I want some scenes of natural beauty, and, imperfect as love is, I want human beings to love, as I suffocate without. For intellectual stimulus, books would mainly supply it, when wanted.

Why did you not try to be in Paris at the opening of the Assembly! There were elements worth scanning.


to R. F. F.
Rome, May 20, 1848.
My health is much revived by the spring here, as gloriously beautiful as the winter


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