more warmly received, though many people thought them too short.
said the work might have been “spread out into three or four interesting octavos; but in her hurried grasp it is squeezed into one volume, where groups of delightful interviews with heroes at home and abroad are crowded into some single sentence.”
the book was written mostly from memory, with little use of the Journals, and none of the family letters and papers, which she had carefully preserved through many years; she needed none of these things.
Her past was always alive, and she went hand in hand with its dear and gracious figures.
but we have outstripped the Journals and must go back to the beginning of 1899.
“[Boston.] January 1, 1899
. I begin this year with an anxious mind.
I am fighting the Wolf
, hand to hand.
I am also confused between the work already done on my ‘reminiscences,’ and that still wanting to give them some completeness.
May the all-father help me!”
. dined with the Massachusetts Press Club Association
I made a little speech partly thought out beforehand.
The best bit in it--‘why should we fear to pass from the old Testament of our own liberties, to the New Testament of liberty for all the world?’ --came to me on the spur of the moment.. ..”
. .. Dickens
party at the New England
I despaired of being able to go, but did manage to get up a costume and take part.