[Newport—Wednesday, 23 September 1863]

Sep. 23. Received a visit at Newport from Henry James. Genial and polite. His son was badly wounded in two places at Gettysburg. He spoke of the reviews of his book among other topics. Who wrote the review in the Examiner asked Mr F. “Oh! that was merely Freeman Clarke” he replied; “he is a smuggler in theology and feels towards me much as a contraband towards an exciseman.” Speaking of fashion he said “there was good in it” although it appears to be a draw-back to the residents here while it lasts. He anticipates a change in European affairs; the age of ignorance is to pass away and strong democratic tendencies will soon pervade throughout Europe. The march of civilization will work its revenge against aristocratic England, he believes.

Mr James considers that people make a mistake to expect reason from Carlyle. “He is an artist, a wilful artist, and no reasoner. He has only genius.”

 


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