Travel Letters: Frankfurterhof (1882)

DEAR WILLIAM, — I arrived here late last night, after spending the whole week on a journey from Berlin. It was a sort of Luther journey, for I went to Eisleben, where he was born and died ; Mansfeld, where he was brought up ; Erfurt, where he went to school ; Wittenberg, where he was professor ; Eisenach and the Wartburg, where he was a prisoner ; Gotha, Weimar, Halle, where he preached ; and Mar-burg, where he had his great disputation with Zwingli. Here in Frankfort there is a house of his, just opposite the Dom, which, by the way, they have finished repairing and have reopened. I went to service there this morning, before I went to the little English chapel where you and I went five years ago.

Besides these Luther visits, I had a pleasant day at Halle, with Professor Conrad, professor of political economy, to whom I had a note of introduction, who was very civil, showing me all over the university and telling me all that I wanted to know about it and the students. There, too, it is vacation. None of the universities begin until the middle of October, and many of them not until the first of November, so that I shall not get much of them. I am now on my way to Heidelberg, where I hope to stay some time, probably two or three weeks, so think of me as there when you get this. I enjoyed Berlin exceedingly, and found the people most courteous and obliging. Indeed, I made some friends there, especially the Bunsens, whom I was very sorry to leave. I may possibly get back there, but it is not likely. India draws near. I received a letter from the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company last week, saying they had reserved a berth for me on the steamer which leaves Venice the first day of December.

All this about myself. I wonder how it is with you all. Are you drowned out ? And is General Butler going to be Governor of Massachusetts ? I have had no letters this week, but shall get them at Heidelberg. Autumn is here and you are all getting back. I wish I could look in on Boston for a day.

Ever affectionately, P.