A Biography of William Cullen Bryant: With Extracts from His Private Correspondence - Vol. 2

A Biography of William Cullen Bryant: With Extracts from His Private Correspondence - Vol. 2

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A Biography of William Cullen Bryant: With Extracts from His Private Correspondence - Vol. 2

A Biography of William Cullen Bryant: With Extracts from His Private Correspondence - Vol. 2

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Writing to Mr. F. E. Field, in September, 1844, Mr. Bryant, after recalling their pedestrian tours in many parts of the United States, exclaimed: "Would that I could have accompanied you in your visit to Stonehenge and other old places in your walking excursions! But these are dreams: the probability is that I shall never visit England nor you come to New York. I shall go on a mere journalist until I am worn out; and you will remain an amiable old bachelor, leading an industrious, rational, contented life, too well satisfied with your home to change it, and feeling too strongly that decline of enterprise which creeps over us with years, to cross again the Atlantic, when you have so beautiful a country as your own for pedestrian tours." In a few months after these sighs were uttered, he was making preparations for the visit which he had deemed hopeless. A young friend and fellow-member of the Sketch Club, of culture and entertaining manners, Mr. Charles M. Leupp, was about to make a tour of England and the Continent, and solicited his companionship. It was a temptation too strong to be resisted, and, on the 22d of April, 1845, they found themselves on board a packet-ship, with all sails set, for the other side of the ocean. After a passage of about thirty days, they passed the Irish and Welsh coasts, and were landed in Liverpool--that other New York, with cleaner streets and finer public buildings. Mr. Bryant's first call was . . .

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