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“ [62] than usual, and kept referring to what I had said. I thanked him for this afterwards, and he said that my speech had spoiled his own; that I had taken up the very points upon which he had intended to dwell.”

February 11. Lecture at Groton, Massachusetts. As I went down the steps to the carriage, one of my crutches slipped and the careless hackman on my right let me fall, Frank catching me, but not until I had given my knee a severe wrench which gave me great pain. I suffered much in my travel, but got through, Frank helping me. ... My knee seemed much inflamed and kept me awake much of the night. My lecture on ‘Polite Society’ was well received. The good people of the house brought me their new ledger, that my name might be the first recorded in it.”

February 12. Dinner of Merchants' Club. Edward Atkinson invites me. Got back by early train, 7.50 A. M., feeling poorly. Did not let Maud know of my hurt. Went to the dinner mentioned above, which was at the Vendome.... Was taken in to dinner by the President, Mr. Fitz. Robert Collyer had the place on my right. He was delightful as ever. Edward Everett Hale sat near me and talked with me from time to time. Of course my speech afflicted me. I got through it, however, but had to lose the other speeches, the hour being so late and the night so inclement, very rainy.”

February 20. Very lame this morning. No courage to try to go out. Have been busy with Kant and Miss Cobbe's new book, ‘Duties of Women,’ which I am reviewing for the ‘Christian Register.’ ...”

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