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February 4. Hard sledding for words todaymade out something about Theodore Parker.”

February 7. Wrote some pages of introduction for the Symposium — played a rubber of whist with L. Terry; then to afternoon tea with Mrs. Thorndike, where I met the first Monsignor [Dennis] O'Connell, with whom I had a long talk on the woman question, in which he seems much interested. He tells me of a friend, Zahm by name, now gone to a place in Indiana, who has biographies of the historical women of Bologna.”

February 9. Club at Mrs. Broadwood's. I read my ‘Plea for Humor,’ which seemed to please the audience very much, especially Princess Talleyrand and Princess Poggia-Suasa.”

February 11. Read over my paper on ‘Optimism and Pessimism’ and have got into the spirit of it. Maud's friends came at 3 P. M., among them Christian Ross, the painter, with Bjornstjerne Bjornson.”

February 16. To Mrs. Hurlburt's reception.--Talked with Countess Blank, an American married to a Pole. She had much to say of the piety of her Arab servant, who, she says, swallows fire, cuts himself with sharp things, etc., as acts of devotion!! Met Mr. Trench, son of the late Archbishop, Rev. Chevenix Trench. He has been Tennyson's publisher. Did not like T. personally — said he was often rude — read his own poems aloud constantly and very badly; said, ‘No man is a hero to his publisher.’ Told about his sale of Henry George's book, a cheap edition, one hundred and fifty thousand copies sold in England.”

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