, and when they worshipped nature, not as high-dressed and pampered, but as just risen from the bath.
Cambridge, May 14, 1826.—I am studying Madame de Stael, Epictetus, Milton, Racine, and Castilian ballads, with great delight.
There's an assemblage for you. Now tell me, had you rather be the brilliant De Stael or the useful Edgeworth——though De Stael is useful too, but it is on the grand scale, on liberalizing, regenerating principles, and has not the immediate practical success that Edgeworth has. I met with a parallel the other day between Byron and Rousseau, and had a mind to send it to you, it was so excellent.
Cambridge, Jan. 10, 1827.—As to my studies, I am engrossed in reading the elder Italian poets, beginning with Berni, from whom I shall proceed to Pulci and Politian.
I read very critically.
Lydia Maria Child. and I think of reading Locke, as introductory to a course of English metaphysics, and then De Stael on Locke's system.
Allow me to intro
iend, Mrs. Farrar.
How animating this intercourse then was to her, appears from her journals.
Miss Martineau received me so kindly as to banish all embarrassment at once. * * We had some talk about Carlyleism, and I was not quite satisfied with the ground she took, but there was no opportunity for full discussion. * * I wished to give myself wholly up to receive an impression of her. * * What shrewdness in detecting various shades of character!
Yet, what she said of Hannah More and Miss Edgeworth, grated upon my feelings. * *
I cannot conceive how we chanced upon the subject of our conversation, but never shall I forget what she said.
It has bound me to her. In that hour, most unexpectedly to me, we passed the barrier that separates acquaintance from friendship, and I saw how greatly her heart is to be valued.
We sat together close to the pulpit I was deeply moved by Mr.——'s manner of praying for our friends, and I put up this prayer for