“My seventieth birthday.
A very busy day for all of us.... My head was dressed at eleven.
All my children were here, with daughter-and sons-in-law.
I had many lovely gifts.
The house was like a garden of costly flowers.
Breakfast was at 12.30; was in very good style.
Guests: General Walker
, John S. Dwight
, E. E. Hale
, Mrs. Jack Gardner
, and Agassiz
made the first speech at the table, H. M. H.1
seemed to speak very feelingly, calling me the first citizeness of the country; stood silent a little and sat down.
read a delightful poem; Hale
left too soon to do anything.
H. introduced J. S. D. thus: ‘Sweetness and light, your name is Dwight
While we sat at table, baskets and bouquets of wonderful flowers kept constantly arriving; the sweet granddaughters brought them in, in a sort of procession lovely to see. It rained in the afternoon, but the house was thronged with visitors, all the same.”
A sober entry, written the next day, when she was “very tired, with a delightful fatigue” : but on the day itself she was gay, enjoying her “party” to the full, treasuring every flower, wondering why people were so good to her.
The festivities lasted several days, for every one wanted to “play Birthday” with her. The New England
Woman's Club gave her a luncheon, which she valued next to the home celebration; the blind children of the Perkins Institution must hear her speak, and in return sing some of her songs, and give her