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lying on a bank in the shade of a broad tree (whether it was a beech I do not remember), reading the Gerusalemme; a Capuchin, with his long beard, had just brought us wine.
I showed the venerable father my book, and inquired if he had read it. Ahi!
non ho tanta scienza, was his reply.
Ever affectionately yours. Charles Sumner.
P. S. I wish you would show this to Cleveland, Felton, and Longfellow, and tell them to consider it as addressed to each and all. Can you not speak to Governor Everett, and Ticknor, and Prescott, in Crawford's behalf?
But I will not say more, for you will understand my wishes, and I leave the whole to your discretion.
To Henry W. Longfellow, Cambridge. Convent of Palazzuola, July 26, 1839.
my dear Longfellow,—FraGreene and myself have already withdrawn from the cares of this life,—the world forgetting, by the world forgot.
We have sought quiet in a convent, among cowled, thick-robed, sandalled Franciscans.
From our retreat, perched high amon
k upon his Eve.
He formed at the same time a pleasant acquaintance with Richard Henry Wilde,—once a member of Congress from Georgia,—then pursuing researches for a Life of Dante, on which he was engaged.
At Wilde's request, he traced out at Ferrara some manuscripts of Tasso, and afterwards at Venice others connected with Dantean he must be!
I like Capponi much, and regret that I saw so little of him. Of Wilde
Richard Henry Wilde, 1789-1847.
He represented Georgia in Congress at diffeRichard Henry Wilde, 1789-1847.
He represented Georgia in Congress at different times, from 1815 to 1835; was in Europe from 1835 to 1840, residing much of the time in Florence; published a book on The Love, Madness, and Imprisonment of TasIt will seem to everybody a cursed piece of affectation and vanity on my part.
Wilde is busy with the Life of Dante.
Have you seen Vol.
I. of the Reports of the Ve, I was shortly to leave Florence.
I still lingered several days; saw more of Wilde, and admired Greenough more.
Left Florence with a vetturinofor Bologna, where