1864; the record of events is more regular, and we find more and more reflection, meditation, and speculation.
The influence of Kant
is apparent; the entries become largely notes of study, to take final shape in lectures and essays.
“A morning visit received in study hours is a sickness from which the day does not recover.
I can neither afford to be idle, nor to have friends who are so.”
“Man is impelled by inward force, regulated by outward circumstance.
He is inspired from within, moralized from without.... A man may be devout in himself, but he can be moral only in his relation with other men. ....”
“Early to Mary Dorr
's, to consult about the Charade.
and wrote as usual.
Spent the afternoon in getting up my costumes for the Charade.
The word was Au-thor-ship.... Authorship was expressed by my appearing as a great composer, Jerry Abbott
performing my Oratorio — a very comical thing, indeed.
The whole was a success.”
No one who saw the “Oratorio” can forget it. Mr. Abbott
, our neighbor in Chestnut Street, was a comedian who would have adorned any stage.
The “book” of the Oratorio was a simple rhyme of Boston
Of her own accord,
Went down to see her sister,
When Jason Lee,
As brisk as a flea,
He hopped right up and kissed her.
With these words, an umbrella, and a chair held before