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“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. Mr. Emerson first spoke very beautifully, then Mr. Alcott, these two sympathizing in my view. Wasson 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 and Alcott understood my essay better than the others except J. F. C. I introduced Anagnos to Emerson. 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! Esto perpetual

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.” 1

1 The Handel and Haydn Festival.

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