iterary longings she must leave Providence, and so she did. Mr. Ripley had suggested to her to write a life of Goethe, but it ended in a translation of Eckermann's Conversations with that great man, prefaced by one of her Dial essays on the subject and published in Ripley's series of Specimens of German authors, probably without compensation.
Her plans and purposes on retiring from her school are best stated in a letter to the Rev. W. H. Channing, not before published :--
Providence, 9th December, 1838.
I am on the point of leaving Providence, and I do so with unfeigned delight, not only because I am weary and want rest, because my mind has so long been turned outward and longs for concentration and leisure for tranquil thought, but because I have here been always in a false position and my energies been consequently much repressed.
To common observers I seem well placed here, but I know that it is not so, and that I have had more than average difficulties to encounter, some of