Saturday, April 17, 2010

12Nov1872, Sumner a Mighty Talker

CHATSWORTH, Tuesday, November 12th, 1872.
Mr. Sumner, who last saw Emma as well as me 13 years ago, seems to view us both in the light of "the girls he left behind him" and devoted himself to us all day. We took him over the garden, sat and talked with him, or rather sat and listened to him, for a mighty talker is he. Politics we avoided, as we were told he took an odious Yankee line about the Alabama claims, but topics did not fail him, what with old books, reminiscences of English friends, the Queen of Holland, Thiers, the Due d'Aumale, the Motleys, the Storeys, and various anecdotes anent these subjects.

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