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July 28. Reading Mr. Hedge's review of Historic Christianity to-day, I felt puzzled by his showing of the usefulness of human errors and delusion in the great order of Providence. Lying down for my midday rest, it became more clear to me that there is truth of sentiment and also intellectual truth. In Dr. Hedge's view, the inevitable mistakes of human intellect in its early unfolding were helpful to the development of true sentiment. Higher than this, however, must be the agreement of the two, prefigured perhaps in such sentences as ‘Mercy and truth have kissed each other.’ This thought also came to me: ‘Oh, God, no kingdom is worth praying for but thine.’ ”

To Laura

Oak Glen, August 2, 1895.
Dearest Pidge, also Midge,
... I will condescend to inform you that I am well, that Flossy is very faithful in taking care of me, and that we are reading Bulwer's “Pelham,” the stupidest of novels. We are two thirds through with it, and how the author of “Rienzi” could have offered the public so dull a dish, even in his unripe youth, passes my understanding.

You must not get too tired. Remember that no one will have mercy upon you unless you will have mercy upon yourself. We sit out a good deal, and enjoy our books, all but “Pelham,” our trees, birds, and butterflies.

Affectionate Ma.

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