“I had been invited to read the essay to the Radical Religious Club
on this day at 10 A. M. I asked leave for Anagnos
and took him with me. My daemon [Socratic] had told me to read ‘Doubt and Belief,’ so I chose this and read it. I find my daemon justified.
It seemed to have a certain fitness in calling forth discussion.
first spoke very beautifully, then Mr. Alcott
, these two sympathizing in my view.
followed, a little off, but with a very friendly contrast. . . . Much of this talk was very interesting.
It was all marked by power and sincerity, but Emerson
understood my essay better than the others except J. F. C. I introduced Anagnos
I told him that he had seen the Olympus of New England
Thought of my dear lost son, dead in this house [13 Chestnut Street, where the meeting was held]. Anagnos
is a dear son to me. I brought him home to dinner, and count this a happy day.”
“I have heard the true word of God to-day from Frederick Hedge
— a sermon on Love as the true bond of society, which lifted my weak soul as on the strong wings of a cherub.
The immortal truths easily lost sight of in our everyday weakness and passion stood out to-day so strong and clear that I felt their healing power as if Christ
had stood and touched my blinded eyes with his divine finger.
So be it always!
On April 13 the fair opened; a breathless week followed.
She was much exhausted after it, but in a few days “began to rehearse for Festival.”