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To Laura

129 Mount Vernon Street, February 27, 1881.
My dearest Laura,
... Mr. Longfellow came to see us yesterday, and told us his curious dreams. In one of them, he went to London and found James Russell Lowell keeping a grocery. In another, people were vituperating the bad weather, and dear Papa said: “Remember, gentlemen, who makes it!” This impressed us as very characteristic of our dear one. My lameness is decreasing very slowly, and I have now been a week without the splint. The knee, however, still swells if I attempt to use it, and my life is still much restricted as to movement. ...

February 28. ... A cloud seems to lift itself from that part of my mind which concerns, or should concern, itself with spiritual things. Sometimes a strong unwillen seizes me in this direction. I feel in myself no capacity to comprehend any features of the unseen world. My belief in it does not change, but my imagination refuses to act upon the basis of the ‘things not seen. ’ ”

March 5. Longfellow to dine.”

March 30. In the evening to the ever-pleasing Hasty-Pudding Theatrical Play, a burlesque of Victor Hugo's ‘Notre Dame de Paris,’ with many saucy interjections. The fun and spirits of the young men were very contagious, and must have cheered all present who needed cheering.....”

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