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Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 11: eighty years 1899-1900; aet. 80-81 (search)
are safe, hundreds of foreigners and thousands of native Christians have been cruelly massacred. I cannot help hoping that punishment will be swift and severe .... A letter from H. M. H. yesterday, in great spirits. At a great public dinner recently, the president of the association cried: Honneur à Howe! Affect., Mother. August 17.... In the evening I was seized with an attack of verse and at bedtime wrote a rough draft of a Te Deum for the rescue of the ministers in Pekin. August 20.... Got my poem smooth at some expense of force, perhaps. I like the poem. I think that it has been given me. This Te Deum was printed in the Christian Herald in September, 1900. Sunday, September 2 .... I had, before service began, a clear thought that self is death, and deliverance from its narrow limitations the truest emancipation. In my heart I gave thanks to God for all measure in which I have attained, or tried to attain, this liberation. It seems to me that the one moment