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III. OXFORD. Dear . Did I ever dream of writing you from this
renowned scat of learning, memorable in history, the residence of
good King Alfred, the birthplace of Richard Gxur de Lion, the
burning place of Latimer, Eidley, and Cranmer, and the place where
many among the greatest historical men were educated? But I must go
back a little, for I believe I have said nothing in either of my
letters to others, of my route hither. I send you a forget-me-not
which was gathered from the edge of the river Avon, just beneath
the wall which divides the face of the churchyard from the water.
These little beauties awakened me from a dream by their meek looks,
and I determined to send this one to you. To climb down the wall
was easy enough, too easy for a man who did not love wetting. I
cast about for expedients. For, you must know that the river washes
the very wall, and that a little bit of soil, scarcely a foot
across, had formed in one spot and proclaimed its triumph by
wearing these tufts of flowers for its feather. I studied the wall,
speculated upon my relative position to the water and flowers,
should I reach such and such a chink. I partly climbed down, and
wholly clambered back again, satisfied that it was easier to get
myself in, than to get the flowers out. My courage rosewith the
difficulty. Have them now I would, if I was obliged to swim for
them. I walked down to the mill, a little below, and, crossing
over, returned up the other bank, opposite to them. They seemed to
my wistful looks further off than ever, llappily, before attempting
the Hellespont, Hero-like, I espied someway up the A von,.a boat in
charge of two young men, and easily engaged them to put me across
to the coveted treasure. Though very rough in their exterior, the
fellows had some heart; and when they...
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