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[286] She says elsewhere of the Radical Club:--

“The really radical feature in it was the fact that the thoughts presented at its meetings had a root; were in that sense radical.... Here I have heard Wendell Phillips, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Weiss and James Freeman Clarke, Athanase Coquerel, the noble French Protestant preacher; William Henry Channing, worthy nephew of his great uncle; Colonel Higginson, Doctor Bartol, and many others. Extravagant things were sometimes said, no doubt, and the equilibrium of ordinary persuasion was not infrequently disturbed for a time. But the satisfaction of those present when a sound basis of thought was vindicated and established is indeed pleasant in remembrance....”

“To Dickens's second reading, which I enjoyed very much. The ‘wreck’ in ‘David Copperfield’ was finely given. His appearance is against success; the face is rather commonplace, seen at a distance, and very red if seen through a glass: the voice worn and blas&.”

“... Club in the evening, at which my nonsense made people laugh, as I wished....”

“A little intoxicated with the pleasure of having made people laugh. A fool, however, can often do this better than a wise man. I look earnestly for a higher task. Yet innocent, intelligent laughter is not to be despised.”

“Was taken with verses in church. They did not prove nearly as good as I had hoped....”

“Made three beds, to help Bridget, who had the washing alone. Read a difficult chapter in Fichte.” ,

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