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XXVII The evolution of an American Emerson once wrote, We go to Europe to be Americanized. In the recent Correspondence of John Lothrop Motley-the most attractive series of letters which the present writer has for many a day encountered—the most interesting feature, after all, is the gradual evolution of all American. Wend
rapid; and he too owed it in a sense to Europe, for it was there he met his future wife, through whom he first became interested in the anti-slavery movement.
In Motley's case the change came more slowly, and reached its crisis at the outbreak of the Civil War; and it must have been at the time of his arrival in this country in tion with the pro-slavery tendency of public affairs was manifest as early as 1855.
Correspondence, i. 170, 268.
I can remember well my first impression of Motley and his friend and afterward brotherin-law, Stackpole, as the acknowledged leaders of the Boston society of which I had an occasional boyish glimpse; and the glam