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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
; but, he is utterly incompetent to appreciate the genius of Spain. Sumner, writing to Longfellow from Montpellier, France, Jan. 24, 1859, said that M. Moudot, the lecturer on Spanish literature at the University, had changed his purpose to translate Ticknor's work into French, being discouraged by its dryness and dictionary character. He cannot look at it face to face. Besides, his style is miserably dry and crude. As a politician here he is bitter and vindictive for Webster. To Thomas Brown, Ante, vol. i. p. 156. Lanfire House, Scotland, June 24:— I mourned the death of Mr. Colden, David C. Colden. He married Miss Wilkes, whose sister married Lord Jeffrey. Ante, Memoir, vol. i. p. 359, note. who was an amiable and most excellent gentleman. For several years I never failed to enjoy his very agreeable hospitality whenever I was in New York. I know no house that was more attractive; his wife was a fascinating lady. And Lord Jeffrey is gone too, and Mrs. Jeffrey!