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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
day Agassiz dined with me; we always talk of Martins. Pray tell him how grateful I am for his friendly thought of me. The railway journey from Montpellier to Marseilles, broken by a day at Aries, greatly wearied him. Between Marseilles and Toulon he had while in the diligence another attack of the angina pectoris,—the first he had experienced for more than three months. It came so sharply that he was on the point of asking the driver to stop; but he was shortly relieved, and went on. At Cannes he met Lord Brougham and Baron Bunsen, Bunsen made a long call on him, in which Sumner was struck by his learning and humanity.—both anticipating his arrival with most cordial notes of invitation. He made pauses at Genoa, Pisa, Lucca, and Florence, At Florence, where he remained ten days, he was entertained at the British Legation, and by M. Francois Sabatier-Unger at the Villa Concezione, to whom he had been commended by Mr. Gordon. Besides visits to the churches and galleries, he t