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[151] flowers, clustering round her with tender, groping fingers that sought to clasp hers. Moreover, the last week of May is Anniversary Week in Boston. Suffragists, women ministers, Unitarians, “uplifters” of every description, held their meetings (traditionally in a pouring rain) and one and all wanted Mrs. Howe.

“I have said to God on every morning of these busy days: ‘Give me this day,’ and He has given them all: i.e., He has given me power to fulfil the task appointed for each.”

When she finally got to Newport, she was “dazed with the quiet after the strain of heart and fatigue.”

The ministry was much in her mind this summer.

“I take for my guidance a new motto: ‘I will ascend’ ; not in my ambition, but in my thoughts and aims.”

“A dry Sunday, i.e., no church, it being the women's turn to go. I shelled peas for dinner. Began Rambaud's ‘History of Russia.’ ... I think of two sermons to write, one, ‘A spirit of Power’ ; one, ‘Behold, I show you a more excellent way.’ ”

Suffrage had its meed too in these summer days.

“Have copied my Call for the Congress. In my coming suffrage talks will invite women to study the history of their sex in the past, and its destiny in the future; inertia and ignorance are the great dangers of society. The old condition of women largely increased instead of diminishing these sources of evil. The women were purposely kept ignorant, in order that they might be enslaved and degraded. Inertia is largely fostered by the paralysis of independent action ...”

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