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[147] “Yes, you are indeed Rex” was the reply.

“Then, Madam,” he cried with a flash, “you are Regina!”

To return to the birthday Here are a few of the letters received:--

From George William Curtis

West New Brighton, Staten Island, N. Y., May 9, 1889.
My dear Mrs. Elliott,
I shall still be too lame to venture so far away from home as your kind invitation tempts me to stray, but no words of my regard and admiration for Mrs. Howe will ever limp and linger. I doubt if among the hosts who will offer their homage upon her accession to the years of a ripe youth there will be many earlier friends than I, and certainly there will be none who have watched her career with more sympathy in her varied and humane activities. Poet, scholar, philanthropist, and advocate of true Democracy, her crown is more than triple, and it is her praise as it may well be her pride to have added fresh lustre to the married name she bears.

I am sincerely sorry that only in this inadequate way can I join my voice to the chorus of friendly rejoicing and congratulation on the happy day, which reminds us only of the perpetual youth of the warm heart and the sound mind.

Very truly yours, George William Curtis.

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