They met for the first time by chance on a summer's afternoon for a little over an hour, and so completely was it love at first sight on his side that he told my mother afterwards he would gladly have married her there and then had it been possible. She belonged to a Tory family, so bigoted and narrow in their ideas that they could hardly find a parallel in our day; and on to this training, with her hatred of worldliness and with all the enthusiasm of her youthful aspirations, she had grafted an almost Methodistical view of the duties of a Christian. His views, on the other hand, were on all points those of an advanced Liberal of the early days of John Stuart Mill. Circumstances kept them apart for four years, and at the end of three, after an accidental meeting, he wrote her the following letter. With all its humility, one can easily see that his object was the enlightenment of a mind which had been narrowed by its training:

'sunday night, July 1834.

'Pray do not think I mean to force another letter upon you. Your word is law to me, and I feel too deeply obliged to you for all you have so kindly and generously risked, in order to afford me the gratification of hearing from you, to think of going myself or endeavouring to force you one step beyond what you think right and proper in this respect. I only wish to say one word upon the two or three books I am venturing to send you. I was delighted with your intention of continuing German, because I am convinced that you will derive great pleasure and benefit from your study of it. It is a language which, from its power of expressing abstract ideas, to say nothing of its structure and the facility which exists in it of forming endless combinations of words, is of a much higher order than any other European language. It approaches nearest to the Greek, and is no bad substitute to those who have never had an opportunity of studying that language. No foreigner can learn it without acquiring many new ideas and rendering clearer some which he possessed before. There is much, too, in the mind of the Germans as reflected in their literature, the high tone of sentiment in their moral writings, and the constant reference to the ideal in their philosophy, which could not fail to be interesting and attractive to you. Unfortunately I do not know how far you are advanced in your study of the language, but I think I remember your telling me that you had but just begun it. I have therefore sent you "Klauer's Manual," the best book for self-tuition which has been published, and I have marked in the Index a few of the selections which are perhaps the easiest to begin with. There is this advantage in the book, that should you be so far advanced as not to need the interlinear translation, the selections which are given without it contain some admirable passages from the best authors. Should you be but just beginning I should advise you to learn by heart only the articles, ye five personal pronouns, and ye three auxiliary verbs; and then, looking over the conjugation of the regular verb, proceed at once to read the pieces in the 1st vol. in the order in which they are marked, using the 2nd vol. (in which they are translated) as the key. You will find the numbers of the pieces in the 2nd vol. corresponding with those in the lst. I have also sent you a little volume of Schiller's poems, with a few which I like marked. I should advise you, if any took your fancy, to learn them by heart; it is an agreeable way of getting into one's mind a great fund of words to be serviceable on all occasions. I had some difficulty in getting you the "Morgen und Abendopfer," but I was anxious that you should have these little poems. They are written by a German clergyman. The poetry is very pretty and simple, and I like them for the cheerful view which they take of religion. I have also ventured to send you a little book of selections from different authors, principally for the sake of those which have been made from the works of four men whose writings I have often perused with almost unmixed satisfaction. I mean Jeremy Taylor, South, Bacon, and Milton. I send them to you, not only as samples which will, I think, please you, but in the hope that they will induce you to look further into the works from which they are taken. I had inserted some loose pages containing parallel passages and observations upon the text, but think upon the whole it would be to expose you to observation were I to send the book with them in and anybody but yourself happened to look into it. I only send you with it some verses of Southey's which struck me as very pretty, and which I have but lately met with. You can take them out. Taylor is a writer of the greatest eloquence and the most exuberant imagination I am acquainted with in any language. He had at the same time an humble mind, and was thoroughly imbued with a true spirit of Christian charity. South is distinguished for ye vigour and nervous energy of his style and thoughts. He had a thoroughly strong mind - too confident, however, and uncompromising to admit of his being really tolerant of the opinions of others. His conception of the state of man before the Fall, though it savours of course of ye ideal, is a very remarkable performance. Bacon had a practical mind, and no man perhaps ever so thoroughly mastered the subject of human nature as he did. If you can get his Essays, which are sold almost everywhere, pray read them - or rather, I should say, study them, for they are models of conciseness. Every sentence admits of development. They force one to think for oneself, which is the best service an author can render one. Justice has not been done to Milton's prose works in this little book, but, as they are mostly confined to political subjects, they might not perhaps interest you so much. Milton's mind was not wholly free from bigotry. But I love him for his hatred of tyranny and persecution under every shape, for his unquenchable ardour for liberty, and his hearty and fearless advocacy of the enlightenment of mankind. Among his poetical works do you know the "Comus" well? There are parts of it which, I think, he never surpassed. I am sure you must like it. His "Paradise Lost" is indeed a study - a noble and improving one for all who can comprehend his sublime conceptions and the beautiful and powerful language in which he has clothed them. But I must think he was unfortunate in his subject. A lover of pure religion can hardly fail to think that the effect of parts is to degrade and humanise the Divinity. I can hardly conceive that the 3rd Book, in which he propounds the mystery of the Redemption and details its origin, should not be in some degree shocking to a true Christian. The poetry of it is certainly most sublime, but there is on the whole a familiarity in the scene described which makes me think it would have found a fitter place in the writings of a heathen. I had also got you one or two more books, but I am afraid to send them, lest you should think I presume too much upon ye permission you gave me. One of them was an Essay upon the nature and true value of military glory, and another upon the education of the poor as the best kind of charity we can do them. Depend upon it, it is so; and all indiscriminate relief, given as it generally is for the selfish purpose of gratifying our own benevolence, partakes not of the real nature of Charity, which regards the good of the object; and while it tends to diminish their own exertions in the present, prevents them from acquiring those habits of providence and self-dependence which in the long run constitute their only chance of respectability and happiness. There is no fear the stream of charity will want channels in which to flow, and I also do not believe that its sources are the least likely to be dried up. There are more funds required for education and ye support of some kinds of hospitals than will, I fear, ever be supplied. You would find Mrs. Marcet's "Conversations on Political Economy" very useful, and there are some good reasons given in the beginning why ladies should be acquainted with the principles of the science. Let me recommend to you, as connected with your German reading, Madame de StaŽl's work on Germany. I have derived great pleasure from reading it. And though she occasionally goes out of her depth, and her facts are not always correct, there is a good deal still of profound reflection and much valuable information in the work. I will mention to you a few others of the books which I have most admired. I am not, however, a miscellaneous reader; I wish I could be; but I have not a retentive memory, and as reading is to me valuable only in proportion as I retain what I read, I confine my studies as much as possible to those works which I can bear to read over and over again. Of such character is Wordsworth's poetry, and I should be glad if no day elapsed without my reading some portion of it. If you have his works with you, pray read the "Ruth," the "Laodamia," the "Ode to Duty,"