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“It is better to use a bad man by his better side than a good man by his worse side.”

Christ said that he was older than Abraham. I think that he used this expression as a measure of value. His thoughts were further back in the primal Ideal necessity. He did not speak of any personal life antedating his own existence.... In his own sense, Christ was also newer than we are, for his doctrine is still beyond the attainment of all and the appreciation of most of us.”

“There is no essential religious element in negation.”

“Saw Booth in ‘Hamlet’ --still first-rate, I think, although he has played it one hundred nights in New York. ‘Hamlet’ is an aesthetic Evangel. I know of no direct ethical work which contains such powerful moral illustration and instruction.”

James Freeman [Clarke] does not think much of Sam's book, probably not as well as it deserves. But the knowledge of Sam's personality is the light behind the transparency in all that he does.” 1

These were the closing months of the Civil War. All hearts were lifted up in thankfulness that the end was near. She speaks of it seldom, but her few words are significant.

Monday, April 3.... Richmond was taken this morning. Laus Deo

On April 10, after “Maud's boots, $3.00, vegetables, .12, bread, .04,” we read, “ Ribbons for victory, .40. To-day we have the news of Lee's surrender with the

1 Lyrical Ventures, by Samuel Ward.

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