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August 31, 1853.
My Dear Sir,
I should not have the least notion how to address the Whole World's Convention even if I had anything to say to them. I can only declare that I sympathize heartily with any movement that shall promote temperance or shall elevate man or woman socially or morally. The How must be left to the care of individual experience.

Among the good things of the day, let me thank you for your pamphlet on the Woman question, which I read with great interest; and which is the most compact and telling statement of the case I have seen.

We have no intention whatever of going abroad again at present. The climate of Italy, I think, did Mrs. Lowell great good, but she is not well enough now to think of leaving home.

I am glad you liked Maria's poem. Two others of hers have been published in Putnam, “Necklaces,” and “The grave of Keats.” They are all beautiful, I think, and the greatest pleasure I am capable of is to hear them appreciated. With sincere regard,

I remain yours, J. R. Lowell.

This was written just two months before Maria Lowell's death, and there does not exist in literature, I think, a more exquisite expression of the possible union between two thoroughly poetic natures. It was, however, a curious influence of her death that, instead of

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