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“ [231] much gratified by the kind reception I met with and the sight of many friends of my youth. A most pleasant lunch afterwards at Mrs. Hunt's, with Tweedys, Tuckermans, and Laura.”

“I see no outlook before me. So many fields for activity, but for passivity, which seems incumbent upon me, only uselessness, obscurity, deterioration. Some effort I must make.”

Many efforts were impending, though not precisely in the direction contemplated. First, a new abode must be found for the winter, as the owners of 13 Chestnut Street claimed it for themselves. She and the Doctor added house-hunting to their other burdens, and found it a heavy one. On October 6 she writes:--

Much excited about plans and prospects. Chev has bought the house in Boylston Place.1 God grant it may be for the best. Determine to have classes in philosophy, and to ask a reasonable price for my tickets ...

The Sunday's devotion without the week's thought and use is a spire without a meeting-house. It leaps upward, but crowns and covers nothing.

I have too often set down the moral weight I have to carry, and frisked around it. But the voice now tells me that I must bear it to the end, or lose it forever.

The move to Boylston Place was in November. Early in the month a “frisking” took place, with amusing results. Our mother went with GovernorAndrew and Mrs. Andrew and a gay party to Barnstable for the

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