e under the privation of the Valley.
I feel this, and resolve to do well, but nature will suffer.
That place has been my confidante,--my bosom friend,--intimate to me as no human being ever will be — dear and comforting also to my children....
June 11 ....Thought of a good text for a sermon, In the world ye shall have tribulation, the scope being to show that our tribulation, if we try to do well, is in the world, our refuge and comfort in the church.
Thought of starting a society in Newport for the practice of sacred music, availing ourselves of the summer musicians and the possible aid of such ladies as Miss Reed, etc., for solos.
Such an enterprise would be humanizing, and would supply a better object than the empty reunions of fashion ....
Wednesday, June 21. Attended the meeting at Faneuil Hall, for the consideration of reconstruction of the Southern States.
Dana made a statement to the effect that voting was a civic, not a natural, right, and built up the propriety o