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“ [58] doubted whether she was as handsome as I was when he first saw me (thirty or more years ago). His wife said to me in those days: ‘Jacob thinks thee's the only good-looking woman in these parts.’ She was herself a handsome woman and a very sweet one. I wish I had known I was so good-looking.”

Of the writing of letters there was no end. Correspondence was rather a burden than a delight to her; yet, when all the “duty letters” were written, she loved to take a fresh sheet and frolic with some one of her absent children. Laura, being the furthest removed, received perhaps more than her share of these letters; yet, as will appear from them, she never had enough.

To Laura

Oak Glen, October 10, 1880.
Dearest, dearest L. E. R.,
How I wonder how you R! Cause of silence not hardness of heart, but the given necessity of scribbling for dear life, to finish a promised paper for the Woman's Congress, sedebit next week. I in Boston Wed., Thurs., and Fri.--day being understood. Mowski [Adamowski] left us yesterday morning.... We had him here a fortnight, and enjoyed his visit extremely. At table, between the courses, he played on every instrument of the orchestra. I asked once for the bass drum, which he imitated, adding thereunto the cymbals. We had a lunch party last week, for the bride, Maud Appleton, and “invited quite fashionable,” and after

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