personal nobleness about Sir Charles is renewed and also the wonderful and quite unique creation . . . of Miss Grandison.
In 1908 and 1909, short newspaper and magazine articles kept him busy, and he began a record of the Higginson family.
In the latter year the collection of papers called Carlyle's Laugh was published.
Perhaps, he wrote, my last book, when nearly eighty-six.
In 1910, he finished the editorship of the Higginson Genealogy, revised his Young Folks' History, and noted, May 13, Work almost at an end, perhaps for life.
Still his pen never rested.
He had, as he laughingly declared, got into the habit of living, and there were always thoughts to be uttered either about live issues or departed contemporaries.
Various lectures and addresses were given during this year.
The diaries again furnish the record:—
Feb. 18, 1909.
Evening—delightful and unexpected singing from a party of colored singers.
They came unseen by me and sang on the stairs, Marching throa