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“ [248] irreligious trait, and one which education should sedulously correct.”

On May 29 she attended the Unitarian Festival. She recalls the fact that at the last festival she was “tormented by the desire to speak. But I am now grown more patient, knowing that silence also is valuable....”

The Chevalier was not to receive the only reward he had ever sought for his labors. On May 31 she writes: “To-day the blow fell. A kind letter from Vice-President Foster informed me that Charles T. Tuckerman had been nominated for the Greek mission. This gave me an unhappy hour. Chev was a good deal overcome by it for a time, but rallied and bears up bravely. The girls are rather glad. I am content, but I do not see what can take the place of this cherished object to Chev ....”

The following verses embody her thoughts on this matter:--

To S. G. H.: on his failure to receive the Grecian mission which he had been led to think might be offered to him. 1866.

The Grecian olives vanish from thy sight,
The wondrous hills, the old historic soil;
The elastic air, that freshened with delight
Thy youthful temples, flushed with soldier toil.
O noble soul! thy laurel early wreathed
Gathers the Christian rose and lilies fair,
For civic virtues when the sword was sheathed,
And perfect faith that learns from every snare.
Let, then, the modern embassy float by,
Nor one regret in thy high bosom lurk:
God's mission called thy youth to that soft sky;
Wait God's dismissal where thou build'st His work!


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