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“ [215] the war of civilization against barbarism, in my own country and elsewhere.”

January 18. ... Re-wrote and finished my Easter poem, for which gratias Deo! I have had so much small business that I almost despaired of accomplishing this poem, of which the conception is good, but the execution very faulty. I took it all to pieces to-day, kept the thoughts and altered the arrangement.”

January 23. Dinner of Sorosis at the Waldorf, at 7 o'clock.”

“Reached New York at 3 P. M. Elizabeth [Mrs. John Jay Chapman] had sent maid and carriage for me, which was most kind. Had a good rest and a short walk and went to Sorosis dinner, which was very brilliant and fine. I was asked to speak and took for my topic, The day of small things; the beginning of Sorosis and the New England Woman's Club, considered so trifling a matter, yet very important because it had behind it a very important principle; the fact that the time had come in which women were bound to study, assist, and stand by each other. I quoted Christ's saying about the mustard seed. Miss Barton's mission to Armenia I called a mustard seed, and one which would have very important results.”

January 27. ... Wrote a few lines to Mrs. Charles A. Babcock, Oil City, Pennsylvania, for a woman's issue of a paper called the ‘Derrick.’ She wishes me to say what I thought would be the result of the ‘women's edition’ fad. I said that one result would be to drive to desperation those who receive letters, asking contributions to these issues.”

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