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“ [220] be deplored in comparison with loss of moral earnestness.”

Oak Glen, June 30. ...Finished this afternoon my perusal of the ‘Memoir’ of Mr. John Pickering. Felt myself really uplifted by it into an atmosphere of culture and scholarship, rarely attained even by the intelligent people whom we all know ...”

July 12. .... I pray this morning for courage to undertake and fervor to accomplish something in behalf of Christian civilization against the tide of barbarism, which threatens to over-sweep it. This may be a magazine article; something, at any rate, which I shall try to write.”

“ 1 P. M. Have made a pretty good beginning in this task, having writ nine pages of a screed under the heading: ‘Shall the frontier of Christendom be maintained and its domain extended?’ ”

To Maud

Oak Glen, July 18, 1896.
My darling wanderer,
Here I am comfortably settled for the summer, bathed in greenery and good air. I had barely unpacked my books and papers when Daisy came out on horseback to insist upon my paying her a visit. I did this, and went to her on Wednesday, returning home on the following Monday. On the 4th of July I attended, by invitation, the meeting of the Cincinnati in the Old State House here. Cousin Nathanael Greene presided. Charles Howland Russell read aloud the Declaration of Independence. Governor

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