That visit opened to him a new life; and when he returned he poured forth a torrent of talk about all that he had seen, which was delightful to hear.
The letters he then wrote to my father give an admirable picture of his mind at this time.
They are fresh, lively, anecdotical, enthusiastic, —just as he was.
With the members of his family he kept up a correspondence: with his brother George, who, in the early part of 1838, sailed for Russia via Elsineur and Copenhagen, and at St. Petersburg met with remarkable favor from the court; with Albert, the captain of a merchantman, who was now at New York and then at New Orleans, Liverpool, and Marseilles; with Henry, who, to Charles's regret, accepted the appointment of deputy-sheriff in Boston; with Horace and Mary and his mother, at home.
His father, while taking a paternal pride in his success abroad, expressed the fear that he was wearing himself out with social dissipation, and unfitting himself for work on his return. Wit