In a few well-rounded Latin sentences, Mr. Clark
, the Public Orator
, recited the claims of the distinguished visitor to the privilege of an honorary degree.
The names of Hiawatha
and Evangeline sounded strangely amid the sonorous periods.’1
Another journalist wrote that the orator ‘drew a picture of the function of poetry to solace the ills of life and draw men from its low cares ad excelsiora
. This point was caught at once by the undergraduates and drew forth hearty cheering.
The degree was then conferred.’2
Arriving in London
he received a deluge of cards and invitations; visited Windsor
by invitation of the Queen
, and was received in one of the galleries of the castle; called by request upon the Prince
; and was entertained at dinner by Mr. Bierstadt
, the landscape painter, who had several hundred people to meet him. Mr. Longfellow
had stipulated that there should be no speeches, but after dinner there were loud calls for Mr. Gladstone
, who said in reply, according to the reporters, that ‘they must be permitted to break through the restrictions which the authority of their respected host had imposed upon them, and to give expression to the feelings which one and all entertained on ’