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“ [388] except a few chestnuts and a biscuit. Wondered a little why I had come.”

Sunday, 27th. Found out why I had come. Preached from text: ‘Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works,’ etc. Consider these wonderful works: the world we live in, a human body and brain, a human soul.”

Evening. ‘The ministry of reconciliation,’ how Christianity reconciles man to God, nature to spirit, men to each other.”

“I went through the two services entirely alone. I felt supported and held up. I had hoped and prayed this journey might bring some special good to some one. It brought great comfort to me....”

On February 16, 1873, after hearing a powerful sermon, she feels awakened to take up the work over which she has dreamed so much, and talks with her friend, Mary Graves, herself an ordained minister of the Unitarian Church, about “our proposed Woman's Mission here in Boston.” A few days later she writes: “Determine that my Sunday services must be held and to see Redpath 1 in this connection.”

The result of this determination was the organization of the Woman's Liberal Christian Union, which held Sunday afternoon meetings through the spring. She preached the first sermon, on March 16. “I meant,” she says, “to read my London sermon, but found it not suitable. Wrote a new one as well as I could. Had a very good attendance. Was forced to play the hymn ”

1 Of the Redpath Bureau.

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