Munich Sept 14th 1835
My dear Sir.
I did not think when I received your agreeable and very welcome letter that I should answer it from the capital of Bavaria, and at so great a distance of time too. 1 The truth is you allowed me too much latitude, and by giving me an indefinite time to answer your letter have nearly been the cause of my not answering it at all. You see what are the consequences of too great laxity of doctrine. I was charmed with the liberality of your notions on the subject of correspondence and have almost felt disappointed that I did not get another letter from you before I had acknowledged your first. I see however by the length of time which has elapsed that I am not to be so fortunate and therefore to extract another from you I send you this.
You are quite right in your conjecture that a travellers life is not perpetual sunshine even in Italy. The dirty habits of the people, the fleas, the booking up lodgings, getting into them and getting out of them, packing and unpacking, resisting attempts to cheat you, the being inevitably and helplessly cheated by your servants, the looking to your passports and waiting for them after you are ready to set out, making fatiguing excursions in hot weather and standing in cold weather on marble floors till you are chilled to the very marrow of your bones--these and many other little vexations of the same kind compose to[o] large a proportion of such a life to allow me to say that it is without its troubles. I have left out the beggars in this enumeration--How could I?--the noisiest, the most persevering, the most impudent mendicants on the face of the earth. I was glad to get out of Italy--and yet I had a most vehement hankering to stay. Italy is a most beautiful woman no better than she should be, and her suitors must feel the alternate admiration and disgust usual in such cases; until they become accustomed to her failings, and come to like them as some author says, "as well as their own." 2 You are