February 25. ... Rode with Lieber 1 as far as Baltimore. He heard Hegel in his youth and thinks him, as I do, decidedly inferior to Kant, morally as well as philosophically .... The laws and duties of society rest upon a supposed compact, but this compact cannot deprive any set of men of rights and limit them to duties, for if you refuse them all rights, you deprive them even of the power to become a party to this compact, which rests upon their right to do so. Our slaves had no rights. Women have few.After leaving Washington, she spent several days with her sister Annie in Bordentown, and there and in New York gave readings which seem to have been much more successful than those in Washington. After the New York reading she is “glad and thankful.” The visits in Bordentown were always a delight and refreshment to her. She and her “little Hitter” frolicked, once more two girls together: e.g., the following incident:-- The Reverend-- Bishop was the Mailliards' pastor; a kindly gentleman, who could frolic as well as
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