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June 9. My first preaching in London. Worked pretty much all day at sermon, intending, not to read, but to talk it — for me, a difficult procedure. At 4.30 P. M. left off, but brain so tired that nothing in it. Subject, the kingdom of heaven.... Got a bad cup of tea -dressed (in my well-worn black silk) and went to the Drawing-Room at Freemasons' Tavern. God knows how I felt. ‘Cast down but not forsaken.’ . . . I got through better than I feared I might. Felt the method to be the right one, speaking face to face and heart to heart.”

June 10. Small beer going out of fashion leaves women one occupation the less. Fools are still an institution; and will remain such.” 1

June 16.... A good attendance in spite of the heat.... Agonized over my failure to come up to what I had designed to do in the discourse.”

June 18.... Saw the last of my dear friend E. Twisleton, who took me to the National Gallery, where we saw many precious gems of art.... At parting, he said: ‘The good Father above does not often give so great a pleasure as I have had in these meetings with you.’ Let me enshrine this charming and sincere word in my most precious recollection, from the man of sixty-three to the woman of fifty-three.”

June 27. Left Leeds at 7 A. M., rising at 4.30 .... To Miss [Frances Power] Cobbe's, where met Lady Lyall, Miss Clough, Mrs. Gorton, Jacob Bright, et al. Then to dinner with the dear Seeleys. An unceremonious and delightful meal. Heart of calf. Then to John ”

1 “To suckle fools and chronicle small beer.” Othello.

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