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“May 20. Have writ a brief letter to Mary G. Hennessey, Dixon, Illinois. She intends to speak of me in her graduation address and wanted me to send her ‘a vivid history of my life,’ with my ‘ideas of literary work.’ I declined the first, but sent a bit under the last head.” “May 27.... Suffrage meeting in the evening. I presided and began with, ‘Sixty years ago to-day I was sixteen years old. If I only knew now what I thought I knew then’ !” “June 2.... To communion in afternoon. The minister asked whether I would speak. I told what I had felt as I entered the church that afternoon, ‘a sort of realization of the scene in that upper chamber, its gloom and its glory. What was in that great heart whose pulsations have made themselves felt down to our own time, and all over the world? What are its sorrows? It bore the burthen of the sorrows and distresses of humanity, and we who pledge him here in this cup are bound to bear our part of that burthen. Only thus shall we attain to share in that festival of joy and of revealed power which followed the days of doubt and despair.’ ” “All this came to me like a flash. I have written it down from memory because I value the thought.” ..
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