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[166] acceptable candidate than Clay or Webster, who have been serving the State well for years. Harrison lives in the State of Ohio, cultivating his farm with his own hands; and, as what is called ‘help’ in that part of the country is not easy to be procured, his wife and daughter cook and serve the dinner for the seven or eight people who daily challenge his hospitality. An Administration paper alluded to him as living in a log-cabin and drinking hard cider. The Whigs at once adopted these words and placed them on their favors. They proclaimed Harrison the candidate of the ‘log-cabin and hard-cider’ class. And this vulgar appeal is made by the party professing the monopoly of intelligence and education in the country! But it has had its effect. The country seems to be revolutionized, and the Whigs are confident. The election takes place in November. The Whigs, in anticipation of success, have already partitioned the high offices. Of course, all our troop abroad will be recalled, Stevenson leading the dance home.

They have republished at Lowell — a manufacturing town in Massachusetts, and the Manchester of America-your admirable translation of ‘Faust.’ I shall send you a copy of this edition by the earliest opportunity. At Louisville, on the other side of the Alleghanies, they have published a translation of Macchiavelli's ‘Discorsi on the First Decade of Livy.’ Willis is at his place in the interior of New York, and is joint editor of a New York [City] paper, writing letters, stories, and articles occasionally, for which he has about three hundred and fifty pounds a year. The paper is called ‘Brother Jonathan.’

What can I send you from this side of the sea? Write me soon, and believe me,

Ever faithfully yours,


To Lieber he wrote, Sept. 1:—

I am against throwing away time and matter in reviews. Edward Everett, our most successful reviewer, repents that he has devoted himself so much in this way. Still, for high pay, it may be worthy of consideration. . . . What do you think of Legareas articles? They are blunt and heavy and without grace, but are full, learned, and able, with an extravagance of view that is not unnatural in a solitary student like him.

Peters is here now. I have seen him at Nahant, where I was passing a few days. He seems as fresh as ever. We expect to be invaded by fifty thousand Whigs, who will repair to Bunker Hill, Sept. 10. Then there is the Fair for the monument, which occupies all the women. Pardon this letter, so short and jejune and unlike your rich, juicy productions.

To Lieber again, Sept. 23:—

I write you from my office, where I install myself at nine o'clock, and sit often without quitting my chair till two; then take the chair again at

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