that of singing with the Handel and Haydn Society.
She and Florence joined the altos, while “Harry,” then in college (Harvard, 1869), sang bass.
We find her also, in early December, rehearsing with a small chorus the Christmas music for the Church
of the Disciples, and writing and rehearsing a charade for the Club
. Saw my new book at Tilton
's. It looks very well, but I am not sanguine about its fate.”
“Later Lyrics” made less impression than either of the earlier volumes.
It has been long out of print; our mother does not mention it in her “Reminiscences” ; even in the Journal, the book once published, there are few allusions to it, and those in a sad note: “Discouraged about my book,” and so forth; yet it contains much of her best work.
“ December 16
. Sarah Clarke1
and Foley 2
are to dine with me at 5.30.
Went out at 10 A. M. to take Foley
to see [William] Hunt
, whom we found in his studio in a queer knitted coat.
He showed an unfinished head of General Grant
, in which it struck me that the eyes looked like the two scales of a balance in which men and events could be weighed.”
The Journal for 1866 opens with a Latin aspiration:
Quod bonus, felix, faustusque sit hic annus mihi et meis amicis dilectis et generi humano!
February finds her in New York, going to a “family ”