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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
He went some days to the galleries of the Louvre; but his best resource during the few hours not passed on his bed was in visits to the National Library, where he turned over the engravings. Mr. Bemis, who met Sumner in Paris later in his sojourn, was astonished at his efforts in studying engravings,—helped, as he was, in and out of a cab, getting in and out almost on fours, and all the time struggling and hoping for health with heroic resolution. Sumner enjoyed very much at this time Fergusson's History of Architecture, which he had bought just before sailing. Mrs. Grote wrote to Madame du Quaire in July, 1858:— I was glad of an opportunity of informing myself respecting the sanitary condition and prospects of that illustrious martyr. The imposing dignity of his stature, his fine classic head, his resignation under agonizing experiments, and heroic acquiescence in his stricken destiny, form an ensemble which, if I were not now cured of making enthusiastic sacrifices t