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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 12: Paris.—Society and the courts.—March to May, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
he accused is discharged, the judge perhaps giving him some good moral advice. In the evening, heard Corneille's great production, Cinna, at the Odeon. April 5. At the Cour d'assises; also was at the exhibition of the Sourds-Muets,—the deaf and dumb. April 6. At the Cour d'assises; heard part of a rather complicated case for forgery. At three o'clock, went with Mr. Wilks (O. P.Q.) to visit David, Pierre Jean David, 1789-1856. His first great work was a statue of the Prince of Conde. He was an earnest Republican, and his genius delighted most in commemorating in busts and statues the benefactors of mankind,—as scholars, men of science, patriots, and liberal statesmen. Sumner wrote to Hillard, April 10, of his visit to David: I was presented to him as a Republican and an American, which at once opened his heart. the great sculptor, the author of the piece in front of the Pantheon, and of many of the statues which have been lately erected in France. He has just comple