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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
. Next he went to Basle, Berne, Thun, Interlachen, the Lake of Brienz, the Brunig Pass, Alpnach, and to Lucerne, where he met his old friend Theodore S. Fay, whom he had been disappointed in not finding at Berne, and the two recalled earlier days in long conversations. Then, after a day of the grandest scenery between Lucerne and Hospenthal, he crossed St. Gothard, took the steamer on Lake Maggiore, passing the Isola Bella and Lesa, the home of Manzoni, and went on by railway from Arona to Turin, then the capital of Piedmont, a city he had not before visited. Here he looked wistfully towards the south, but turning back, by mule or carriage, traversed the Val d'aosta, and crossed the Great St. Bernard, passing a night at the Hospice, and then by way of Martigny, Tete Noire, and Chamouni, reached Geneva, September 5. Here he was interested in the associations of Voltaire, Calvin, Rousseau, Madame de Stael, and Byron. At Lausanne he sought the garden of the Hotel Gibbon, to look upo
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
nt to Civita Vecchia, thence by steamer to Leghorn and Genoa, and by railway to Turin, where he arrived on the 15th. The French army was in Italy, soon to meet the eemed to penetrate the living mass, and yet all was order and tranquillity. At Turin he had an interview with Cavour, then the first statesman of Europe; and in tha old masters as in time of peace. He wrote to Dr. Howe:— I am fresh from Turin, where I saw much that would interest you, beginning with the Comte de Cavour, wed that the mould was not lost or broken. By the way, they tell in society at Turin, and with great pride, that the Austrian general who was charged with the threeng the personal acquaintance of the first statesman of the age. I saw people in Turin of all shades of political opinion and social position. The Marchioness Arconalt himself master of the situation, and asked me to observe the tranquillity of Turin, with not a soldier to be seen. . . . He asked me to observe that, though now i