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[159] the cheerful converse of her club and suffrage friends. “My work seems to me to amount to nothing at all.” She soon revived, and “determined to fulfil in due order all the tasks undertaken for this summer; so attacked the Kappa poem and wrote at a stretch twenty-two verses, of four lines each, which was pretty much my day's work. Read in Martineau, in J. F. C., a little Greek, and the miserable ‘Les Miserables.’ ”

She decided to hold some conversations in the Unitarian parsonage, and wrote out the following topics for them:--

“Useful undertakings in this city as existing and needed.”

“How to promote public spirit in American men and women.”

“How to attain a just average estimate of our own people.”

“How far is it wise to adopt the plan of universal reading for ourselves and our young people?”

“In what respects do the foreign civilizations retard, in what do they promote the progress of our own civilization?”

In August she preached to the women in Sherborn: Prison, choosing a “text of cheer and uplifting: ‘Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory.’ Read part of Isaiah 40th. Said that I had wished to bring them some word of comfort and exhilaration. Pointed out how the Lord's Prayer begins with solemn worship and ascription, aspiring to God's Kingdom, praying for daily bread and for deliverance from temptation ”

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