period which has passed under our institutions, when such excesses were never heard of, nor seen; that they are no more the result of our form of government, than a scuffle between schoolboys is the result of our form of government. 1 Nothing can exceed the glee of the partizans of despotisna at finding this "hole in our coat." An American gentleman at Munich, told me, that he never took up an European newspaper without fear and trambling, lest his countrymen had given some new occasion for scandal, and scarcely ever laid it down without a sense of indianation at the exaggeration and unfairness of the journalists, whenever the affairs of our country are in question. We are all looking with patience for the time, when the fever at home will be over, and our country will recover its former reputation for being that in which individual rights are most sacredly respected.
MATQUSCRIPT: Unrecovered TEXT: EP for January 26, 1836.
Heidelberg Jan 25.--1836.
My dear Mrs. Renner
I hope the languor and apathy of which you speak is only a season of repose which Nature has prudently allowed herself in order to recover from the exhaustion of sickness, and that by and by you will feel the advantage of this, in finding yourself restored to all that cheerfulness and vivacity of spirits which you had in your happiest days. Pisa is not certainly an ill chosen place for this slumber of the intellect, --if yours does indeed slumber, of which I see no evidence in your letter. 1 The quiet of the place, and the drowsy effect of its atmosphere are recommendations to invalids of a too excitable temperament.
I am obliged to leave Europe very unexpectedly on account of the illness of a friend who had the management of my affairs, and of whose death I shall probably hear before I arrive at Havre. 2 I set out tomorrow, much to my regret, for I had hoped to pass this and the next winter in Europe. Whether I shall ever return is problematical. My wife and "numerous family" remain behind until Spring--perhaps they will even pass the summer in Europe. 3 If I can so arrange my affairs as to return I shall do so, but this is extremely doubtful. I hope however still to be allowed the pleasure of your correspondence. A letter sent to Leghorn would