May 22. 1855.
My dear Hunt,
I wanted to delay thanking you for your heartwarming present, until I had read every bit of it, at home, or in the fields, (of the fields, & in the fields, you are even "at home"), but sorditities of many kinds encompass me & thwart me. I find, in the words of dear Charles Lamb; that "though in the west of England, I am not absolutely in Arcadia." - I have read the Legend of Florence (what am I about in the hurry of business & distractions) I mean "The Story of Rimini" for the thousandth time, & found it fresh as ever having, as ever, to try in vain to gulp down my tears over part of it.
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