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[70] were nine at table, the poet Aldrich disappointing us. From three to four we had a reception for Mr. Booth, quite the creme de la creme, I assure you. Among others, Dr. Holmes came. The rooms and furniture were much admired. We gave only tea at the levee, but had some of your good wine at the luncheon.

P. S. Mr. Booth in “Lear” last night was sublime!

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Edwin Booth had sent us his box for the evening. The play was “Hamlet,” the performance masterly. People's tastes about plays differ, but I am sure that no one on the boards can begin to do what Booth does. I saw him for a moment after the play, and he told me that he had done his best for me. Somehow, I thought that he was doing his very best, but did not suppose that he was thinking of me particularly ...

January 29, 1882. Frank [Marion Crawford] had met Oscar Wilde the evening before at Dr. Chadwick's; said that he expressed a desire to make my acquaintance. Wrote before I went to church to invite him to lunch. He accepted and Maud and Frank, or rather Marion, flew about to get together friends and viands. Returning from a lifting and delightful sermon of J. F. C.'s, I met Maud at the door. She cried: ‘Oscar is coming.’ Mrs. Jack Gardner, Madame Braggiotti, and Julia completed our lunch party. Perhaps ten or twelve friends came after lunch. We had what I might call a ‘lovely toss-up,’ i.e., a social dish quickly compounded and tossed up like an omelet.”

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