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“ [97] prostrate one's self before one's nerves. To town in the afternoon, when the dead indifference and lassitude went off somewhat.”

August 29. We dined at the Booths' to-day, meeting Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jefferson and William Warren. A rare and delightful occasion. Jefferson talked much about art. He, Booth, and Warren all told little anecdotes of forgetfulness on the stage. Jefferson had told a love-story twice, Booth had twice given the advice to the players [in” Hamlet “], Warren, in ‘Our American Cousin,’ should have tried to light a match which would not light. He inadvertently turned the ignitable side, which took fire, and so disconcerted him that he forgot where he was in the play and had to ask some one what he had last said, which being told him enabled him to go on.”

September 25. Finished to-day my Congress paper. I have written this paper this week instead of going to the Unitarian Convention, which I wished much to attend. ... I did not go because I thought I ought neither to leave home unnecessarily, to spend so much money, nor to put off the writing of the A. A.W. paper.”

“I shall look a little to see whether circumstances hereafter will not show that it was best for me to follow this course. My Daemon did not say ‘go,’ but he sometimes plays me false. I have certainly had the most wonderful ease in writing this paper which, I thought, would occupy a number of weary days, and lo! it has all written itself, currente calamo.”

October 6. Is the law of progress one of harmony ”

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