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[9] was one of the books of that season. She managed, too, sometimes to be at home; among her visitors were William Black, John Richard Green, and Mr. Knowles, editor of the “Nineteenth century.”

The London visit lasted nearly two months; as the engagements multiply, its records grow briefer and briefer. There are many entries like the following:--

“Breakfast with Lord Houghton, where met Lord Granville and M. Waddington, late Minister of Education in France. Garden party at Chiswick in the afternoon. Prince of Wales there with his eldest son, Prince Albert Victor. Mrs. Julian Goldsmith's ball — in the evening.”

It is remembered that she bravely watched the dancers foot it through the livelong night, and drove home by daylight, with her “poor dancing Maud” !

Madame Waddington was formerly Miss King, the granddaughter of Mr. Ward's old partner. Our mother was always interested in meeting any descendants of Prime, Ward & King.

With all this, she was writing letters for the Chicago Tribune and the “Woman's Journal.” This year of 1877 saw the height of the Aesthetic movement. Mrs. Langtry, the “Jersey Lily,” was the beauty and toast of the season. Gilbert and Sullivan's, “Patience” was the dramatic hit of the year, and “Greenery yallery, Grosvenor gallery” the most popular catch of the day.

She found it hard to tear herself away from England; the visit (which she likened to one at the house of an adored grandmother) was over all too soon. But

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