n all its forms, and he avoided ceremonious receptions as much as possible.
He enjoyed the entertainment of meeting distinguished people, but he evidently preferred to meet them in an unconventional manner, and to have them as much to himself as possible.
Princes and savants called on him, but he declined every invitation that might tend to give him publicity.
His facility in the different languages was much marvelled at. While he was in Florence a delegation from the mountain towns of Tuscany waited upon him and he conversed with them in their own dialect, greatly to their surprise and satisfaction.
From a number of incidents in this journey, related by Rev. Samuel Longfellow, the following has a permanent interest:
When the party came to Verona in May, 1869, they found Ruskin elevated on a ladder, from which he was examining the sculpture on a monument.
As soon as he heard that the Longfellow party was below, he came down and greeted them very cordially.
He was glad th
cations of the faithful.
Feb. 4, 1869.
Dr. B. B. Appleton, an American resident of Florence, is here on a flying visit.
We have heard from many sources of the kindness of this man to American travellers, especially to young students.
In fact, he took - Pinto his house while at Florence, and entertained him in the most generous manner.
He has done the same for Mrs. Julia Ward Howe and many others.
He lives with an Italian family who were formerly in the service of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and who were ruined by the recent change of rulers.
Dr. Appleton boards with them, and helps to support them in other ways.
In spite of his goodness he does not seem to be happy.
One of his chief friends in Florence is Fraulein Assig, who was banished from Prussia together with her publisher for editing Von Humboldt's memoirs, which were perhaps too severely critical of the late king of Prussia.
The book, however, had an excellent sale, and she now lives contentedly in Florence, wher