My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn english (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, french in thirty days, and german in thirty years. It seems manifest, then, that the latter tongue ought to be trimmed down and repaired. If it is to remain as it is, it ought to be gently and reverently set aside among the dead languages, for only the dead have time to learn it.
In this troublesome world, we are never quite satisfied. When you were here, i thought you hindered me some in attending to business; but now, having nothing but business---no variety---it has grown exceedingly tasteless to me. I hate to sit down and direct documents, and i hate to stay in this old room by myself.