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“ [267] all incite the hearers to action: ask, seek, knock. I should love to write a sermon on this, but fear my sermonizing days are over, alas!”

August 7. determined to do more literary work daily than I have been doing lately. Began a screed about dear Broa Sam, feeling that he deserved a fuller mention than I have already given him....”

September 4. Discouraged over the confusion of my papers, the failure of printers to get on with my book, and my many bills. Have almost had an attack of the moral sickness which the Italians call Achidia. I suppose it to mean indifference and indolence....”

To Laura

Oak Glen, September 6, 1899.
. . here's a question. Houghton and Mifflin desire to print 1 the rough draft of my “Battle Hymn,” which they borrowed, with some difficulty, from Charlotte Whipple, who begged it of me, years ago. I hesitate to allow it, because it contains a verse which I discarded, as not up to the rest of the poem. It will undoubtedly be an additional attraction for the volume....

September 7. have attacked my proofs fiercely....”

To Laura

Oak Glen, September 16, 1899.
yours received, tres chere. why not consult Hays Gardiner2 about printing the original draft of the

1 in the reminiscences.

2 the late John Hays Gardiner, author of The Bible as literature, The forms of prose literature, and Harvard.

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