that you gladly listened to the end. She was a woman of exceptional culture, but culture she valued not as an ornament, but as a means of moral and spiritual growth.
Conscience was supreme in her, the Puritanism from which she came showing itself in this in strong characters.
All through her letters I am struck with her vital interest in whatever concerns the morals of society.
She was a little late in espousing the antislavery cause, and was led to it by the prodding of her friend, Lydia Maria Child, but her acceptance of it was whole-hearted.
The letters just previous to the war of the Rebellion, and while it continued, show the warmest interest, are filled with love of country and of the freedom of the slave which the dread ordeal must establish.
One other subject only was as dear to her, that of spiritual religion.
Much change in her religious convictions took place in the course of her life, as it must to a growing mind, a change from the Calvinism in which she was trained