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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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as a remarkably handsome man with dark eyes
and hair—a head which might have belonged to a
Spaniard. He must have been exceptionally handsome
as a young man. He was engaged to a young
lady of rare beauty and excellence; it would have
been difficult to meet with a handsomer pair. But
she died, and Washington Irving never again
sought another bride. He has been wise enough
to content himself with the memory of a perfect
love and to live for literature, friendship, and
nature. He is a sage without wrinkles or gray hair.
Irving was at this time occupied with his Life of
Mahomet
, which will shortly be sent to press.

Among other good things that awaited me in
New York was an offer from a much-esteemed
publisher, Mr. George P. Putnam, the one who is
bringing out the works of Miss Sedgwick, to publish
a new and handsome edition of my writings,
which have hitherto been printed and circulated
here at a low price, and to allow me the same
pecuniary advantage as a native author. Mr.
Downing was pleased with the proposal, because
he knows Mr. Putnam to be a thoroughly honorable
and trustworthy man.

It was not without pain that I parted from the
Downings, with whom I had spent so richly intellectual
and delightful a time—I will call it my honeymoon in
the New World—and to whom I

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