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March 13. Departure auspicious. Dear Maud, Harry, and Flossy on board to say farewell, with J. S. Dwight, H. P. Warner, and other near friends. Many flowers; the best first day at sea I ever passed.”

Julia and Laura were the happy two chosen to join this expedition, the other children staying with relatives and friends. From first to last the journey was one of deepest interest. The Journal keeps a faithful record of sight-seeing, which afterward took shape in a volume, “From the Oak to the Olive,” published in 1868, and dedicated “To S. G. H., the strenuous champion of Greek liberty and of human rights.”

It is written in the light vein of “A trip to Cuba.” In the first chapter she says: “The less we know about a thing, the easier it is to write about it. To give quite an assured and fluent account of a country, we should lose no time on our first arrival. The first impression is the strongest. Familiarity constantly wears off the edge of observation. The face of the new country astonishes us once, and once only.”

Though much that she saw during this trip was already familiar to her, there is no lack of strength in the impression. She sees things with new eyes; the presence of “the neophytes,” as she calls the daughters, gives an atmosphere of “first sight” to the whole.

In London she finds “the old delightful account reopened, the friendly visits frequent, and the luxurious invitations to dinner occupy every evening of our short week.”

London. Lunch with the Benzons, whose palatial ”

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