d William Beach Lawrence, whenever he was in Washington, was invited.
In February of his first winter in the house, Charles Dickens, whom he had first known in 1842, dined with him in company with Stanton, when one of the topics was the experience of Sumner and Stanton on the night of Mr. Lincoln's assassination.
Feb. 2. 1868.
Forster's Life of Dickens, vol.
III. p 386: Dickens's Letters, vol.
II. pp. 407, 410, 411. Mr. Storey's account of the conversation will be found in Chaplin's LifDickens's Letters, vol.
II. pp. 407, 410, 411. Mr. Storey's account of the conversation will be found in Chaplin's Life of Sumner, pp 413-416. Ladies were very rarely at his table,—only Mrs. Charles Eames, widow of his early friend, Mrs. J. E. Lodge, and Mrs. Claflin, who came with her husband.
The Marquis de Cliambrun dined often with him, and few foreigners of dthe President.
Whom shall he seize?
What innocent foreigner, what trustful traveller, what honored guest?
It may be Mr. Dickens or Mr. Trollope or Rev. Newman Hall; or it may be some merchant here on business, guiltless of any wrong and under the