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[194] joys and griefs, hopes and fears, of an honored and useful career. Softened and mellowed by time, as well as enriched by it, he was bearing bravely the trials of a hopeless disease and awaiting cheerfully the end. He was broader in experience, serener in judgment, sweeter in temper, than ever before; and was a source of happiness, rather than of care, to all around him.

I have found among my papers some hasty notes of a talk with him in this Indian summer of his life, and print them just as they stand, only wishing that there were more of them :

December 28, 1888.
Lowell looked far better and younger than last winter, and seemed bright, alert, cleareyed and strong, though he complained of gout. He talked most agreeably about his life abroad — said that his life in England was much easier than in Spain, where the consuls were incompetent and referred all to him, so that he wrote three quarto volumes of correspondence, all unnecessary. Also his secretary knew neither Spanish nor French. He said the Spaniards were easy to get on with

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