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To Maud

Planfield, N. J., May 16, 1894.
My dearest Maud,
. . . First place, I had a visit from Laura. We threw the ball daily, and had lunches and punches. We went to hear de Koven's “Robin hood,” the music of which is strongly reminiscent, and also saw Mounet-Sully's “Hamlet,” a very wonderful piece of acting. Flossy and I had three days of conventioning in Philadelphia, last week. Flossy's little speech was one of the best at the convention, and was much applauded. I was received on all hands with affectionate goodwill.... There seemed to be, among the Eastern women, a desire to make me president [of the General Federation of Women's Clubs]. This I immediately put out of the question and Mrs. Cheney stood by me, saying that Massachusetts would not see me killed with work. It would indeed have been out of the question, as the position is probably one of great labor and responsibility....

Your motherest mother.

The Seventy-fifth Birthday brought the customary festivities. The newspapers sent reporters; she had a word for each. To the representative of the “Advertiser,” she said, “I think that I enjoy the coming of old age with its peacefulness, like the going down of the sun. It is very lovely! I am so glad to be remembered by so many. The twilight of life is indeed a pleasant season!”

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