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Chapter 16: the last of Green Peace 1872-1876; aet. 53-57

He who launched thee a bolt of fire
Strong in courage and in desire
Takes thee again a weapon true
In heaven's armory ever new.
Still shall the masterful fight go on,
Still shall the battle of Right be won
And He who fixed thee in upper air
Shall carry thy prowess otherwhere.

J. W. H.

As our father's health failed more and more, his heart turned to the home he had made. He longed for Green Peace; and β€” the lease falling in about this time β€” in the spring of 1872 he and our mother and Maud moved thither, and took up their quarters in the β€œnew part,” while Laura and her husband came to occupy the old. Here the first grandchild (Alice Maud Richards) was born; here and at Oak Glen the next four years were mainly passed.

The Doctor's ardent spirit longed for new fields of work, new causes to help; the earthly part could not follow. How he struggled, toiling, suffering, fighting the good fight to his last breath, has been told elsewhere1 suffice it to say that these years were grave ones for the household, spite of new joys that dawned for all.

1 Letters and Journals of Samuel Gridley Howe.

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