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[247] whom she has described in her “Reminiscences” ; but she met many notable persons, and had much interesting conversation with her host and hostess. She records one or two bits of talk.

Mr. Eames saying that Mrs. X. was an intelligent but not an original woman, I said: ‘She is not a silkworm, but a silk-wearer!’ Nine women out of ten would rather be the latter than the former.”

Mr. Eames saying that he often talked because he could not make the effort to be silent, I said: ‘Yes, sir; we know that the vis inertia often shows itself in motion.’ ”

“ I record these sayings,” she adds, “because they interested me, opening to myself little shades of thought not perceived before.”

May 27. Boston. My birthday. Forty-seven years old. J. F. C. preached on ‘The seed is the word,’ and gave a significant statement of the seminal power of Christianity. They sang also a psalm tune which I like, so that the day (a rainy one) seems to me auspicious. I have little to show for the past year's work, having produced no work of any length and read but little in public. The doctrine of the seed does, however, encourage us to continue our small efforts. The most effectual quickening of society is through that small influence which creeps like the leaven through the dough... .”

“... Roman piety was the duteous care of one's relatives. It follows from this that the disregard of parents and elders common in America is in itself an ”

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