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Dear Brother: I received yours of 26th of January here at Rome, and have been so busy that really I. have had no time to write my home letters. We have been here ten days, and now start for Naples, where we shall stay a week, and then for Malta, Alexandria, CONSTANTINOPLE, and the East. We are everywhere received with every honor and attention ; indeed too much for our own comfort and advantage. No nation or people seem to be held in such estimation as the Americans. . . .
The Italians are a kind, good people, and are winning their place among the scientific men of the world. Some of their modern railroads evince a talent in that branch worthy the old days of the Coliseum.
The unification of Italy seems to grow in strength, and the Pope, though obstinate, is in no manner interfered with in his office, and I think in time he will realize that he is stronger by being entirely disconnected with the administration of a petty state or kingdom. This is the opinion also of many Catholics. It is possible that some want the Pope to be considered somewhat of a martyr, but those who control the government here understand well enough the problem.
The King is at Naples, but his son Prince Humbert has been extremely polite to us and has tendered all proper attentions.
I do not see but the people are as free here as in France or other neighboring countries, there being substantially a free press, and thus far we have not even been called on for our passports, a perfect contrast to the annoyances of former times. Italy is full of Americans and we meet everywhere our country people, who seem to take the lead as sculptors, painters, travellers, etc. .
- William Sherman