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“ [345] for what I have had and hope to have.... In the afternoon my dear children had a beautiful birthday party for me, including most of my old friends and some of the newer ones. Agassiz came, and his wife; he brought a bouquet and kissed me. I had beautiful flowers.... Poor Chev was ill with a frightful headache. I was much touched by the dear children's affectionate device and shall remember this birthday.”

This was the first of the Birthday Receptions, which were to be our happiest festivals through many happy years.

Monday, June 2, was the day she had appointed as Mothers' Peace Day, her annual Peace Festival.

“The day of many prayers dawned propitious, and was as bright and clear as I could have wished.”

She was up early, and found the hall “beautifully decorated with many fine bouquets, wreaths, and baskets, the white dove of Peace rising above other emblems.” There were two services, morning and evening, and many speakers. “Mr. Tilden and Mr. Garrison both did nobly for me.... Thank God for so much!”

She had the great joy of hearing that the day was celebrated in other countries besides her own. In London, Geneva, Constantinople, and various other places, services were held, and men and women prayed and sang in behalf of peace: this she counted among the precious things of the year, and of several years to come.

June 6. Quiet at last, and face to face with the eternal Gospel. Weary and confused, anxious to wind up my business well, and begin my polyglot sheet ....”

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