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January 4.... Went in the evening to see the Smith College girls, Class of ‘95, play ‘Midsummer Night's Dream.’ A most lovely and ideal performance. Their representation of the Athenian clowns was incredibly good, especially of Nick Bottom.”

January 5. ... Was grieved and shocked to learn early this morning that my brilliant neighbor, General Francis A. Walker, had died during the night. He always greeted me with chivalrous courtesy, and has more than once given me his arm to help me homeward, when he has found me battling with the high winds in or near Beacon Street....”

To Maud

241 Beacon Street, Boston, January 18, 1897.
About the life “à deux seulement,” I agree with you in thinking that it is not good for either party. It is certainly very narrowing both to the mind and to the affections, and is therefore to be avoided. A reasonable amount of outside intercourse is a vital condition of good living, even in the most sympathetic and intimate marriages, and the knowledge of this is one of the strong points in the character of women generally, who do nine tenths of what is done to keep up social intercourse ...

April 2. Evening; celebration of twenty-fifth year of Saturday Morning Club. Have writ draft of an open letter regarding Greek matters; also finished a very short screed for this evening....”

April 18.... I determined to work more for the ”

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