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May 13. Worked much on Essay. ... In the evening said to Laura: ‘Jeff Davis will be taken tomorrow.’ Was so strongly impressed with the thought that I wanted to say it to Chev, but thought it was too silly.”

May 14. The first thing I heard in the morning was the news of the capture of Jeff Davis. This made me think of my preluding the night before....”

Other things beside essays demanded work in these days. The great struggle was now over, and with it the long strain on heart and nerve, culminating in the tragic emotion of the past weeks. The inevitable reaction set in. Her whole nature cried out for play, and play meant work.

“Working all day for the Girls' Party, to-morrow evening. Got only a very short reading of Kant, and of Tyndall. Tea with the Bartols. Talk with [E. P.] Whipple, who furiously attacked Tacitus. Bartol and I, who know a good deal more about him, made a strong fight in his behalf.”

“Working all day for the Party. The lists of men and women accepting and declining were balanced by my daughter F. with amusing anxiety.... The two sexes are now neck and neck. Dear little Maud was in high glee over every male acceptance. Out of all this hubbub got a precious forty-five minutes with Kant....”

The party proved “very gay and pleasant.”

Now came a more important event: the Musical Festival celebrating the close of the war, which

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