and don't think he felt it. He is much touched with the familiarity he finds among teachers with his father's work. It was amusing to hear him lamenting over his inability to hear Phillips Brooks, when hardly any one can hear him. It is commonly said that he is making himself unpopular, but I don't see why. He has liked every place where he has lectured but Worcester; he did not wish to lecture there because he had “never heard of such a place” ; and only two hundred came to hear him. Probably he does not realize that the general disappointment must affect his lectures.
December 22, 1883You'd have been amused to see Pere Hyacinthe and me at Mrs. Cilley's, comparing photographs of ourselves with our babies. His is now the sweetest little boy of eight or nine with the most winning little French ways and the most delicious way of speaking in either dialect. ... I was much pleased with le pere and Mme. Loyson, both; he is short and stout, rosy and beaming, the type of one of Beranger's cheery and kindly priests. He talks with great eagerness and cordiality and had been reading the French version of my history, which his little boy has; he has talked chiefly about French and American republicanism and seemed full of thought.
The next letter was written during the presidential campaign of 1884, when Mr. Higginson as a “mugwump” was very active in behalf of Cleveland, speaking on successive nights in many different towns.