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[89] said: “If she went into a tailor's shop to get a cabbage leaf, to make an apple pie, what does it matter by what initials she calls herself? Who's going to distress themselves about the set of her cloak? And she do boast about it preposterous, and that are a fact.”

Here endeth the first meditation, and I will now fall back upon the “Dearly beloved,” for the rest of the service....

To the same

241 Beacon Street, February 11, 1884.

Oh, thou, who art not quite a Satan!

Question is, dost thou not come very near it? ...

I have been very busy, and have orated tremendous, this winter. I did n't go for to do it, you know, but I cou'na avoin it. [A household expression, dating back to her childhood, when a gentleman with a defect of speech, speaking of some trouble incurred by her father, said, “Poor Mr. Warn! He cou'na avoin it!” This gentleman was a clergyman, and was once heard to assure his congregation that “their hens [heads] wou'n be crownen with glory!” ]

February 12. Hearing at State House, Committee of Probate, etc., on the petition of Julia Ward Howe and others that the laws concerning married women may be amended in three respects. We had prepared three separate bills, one providing that the mother shall have equal rights with the father in their children, especially in determining their residence and their education. A second ruling that on the wife's death, the husband, who now gets all her real estate, may ”

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