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[57] heard Dr. Bellows's discourse on Channing, “which was exhaustive, and as it lasted two hours, exhausting.” The exercises, W. H. Channing's eulogium, etc., etc., lasted through the day and evening, and in the intervals between addresses she was “still retouching” her poem, which came last of all. “A great day!” says the Journal.

July 23. Very busy all day. Rainy weather. In the evening I had a mock meeting, with burlesque papers, etc. I lectured on Ism-Is-not-m, on Asm-spasm-plasm.”

July 24. Working hard, as usual. Marionettes at home in the evening. Laura had written the text. Maud was Julius Caesar; Flossy, Cassius; Daisy, Brutus.”

July 28. Read my lecture on Modern Society in the Hillside Chapel at Concord. ... The comments of Messrs. Alcott and W. H. Channing were quite enough to turn a sober head.”

“To the poorhouse and to Jacob Chase's with Joseph Coggeshall. Old Elsteth, whom I remember these many years, died a few weeks ago. One of the pauper women who has been there a long time told me that Elsteth cried out that she was going to Heaven, and that she gave her, as a last gift, a red handkerchief. Mrs. Anna Brown, whom I saw last year, died recently. Her relatives are people in good position and ought to have provided for her in her declining years. They came, in force, to her funeral and had a very nice coffin for her. Took her body away for burial. Such meanness needs no comment.”

“Jacob was glad to see me. Asked after Maud and ”

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