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“ [230] successors, who lost through him the prestige of divine right and of absolute power. But the inadequacy of his object showed itself through the affluence of his genius. The universal dominion of the Napoleon family was not to be desired or endured by the civilized world at large. The tortoise in the end overtook the hare, and slow, plodding Justice, with her loyal hack, distanced splendid Ambition mounted on first-rate ability, once and forever....”

“To Zion church, to hear preach. Text, ‘Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things.’ Sermon as far removed from it as possible, weak, sentimental, and illiterate. He left out the ‘d’ in ‘receivedst,’ and committed other errors in pronunciation. But to sit with the two aunts 1 in the old church, so familiar to my childhood, was touching and impressive. Hither my father was careful to bring us. Imperfect as his doctrine now appears to me, he looks down upon me from the height of a better life than mine, and still appears to me as my superior.”

“A little nervous about my reading. Reached Mrs. [Richard] Hunt's at twelve. Saw the sweet little boy. Mrs. Hunt very kind and cordial. At one Mr. Hunt led me to the studio which I found well filled, my two aunts in the front row, to my great surprise; Bancroft, too, quite near me. I shortened the essay somewhat. It was well heard and received. Afterwards I read my poem called ‘Philosophy,’ and was urged to recite my ‘Battle Hymn,’ which I did. I was ”

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