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[268] “Hymn” ? win's1 opinion would be worth having, also. I think I shall consult E. E. Hale, albeit the two just named would be more fastidious.2

October 21. my last moments in this dear place. The past season appears to me like a gift of perfect jewels. I pray that the winter May have in store for me some good work and much dear and profitable companionship. I must remember that this May be my last summer here, or anywhere on earth, but must bear in mind that it is best to act with a view to prolonged life, since without this outlook, it is very hard for us to endeavor or to do our best. Peace be with you, beautiful summer and autumn. Amen.”

she was never ready to leave Oak Glen; the town house always seemed at first like a prison.

October 23. Boston. a drizzly, dark day. I struggled out twice, saying to myself: ‘it is for your life.’ . ..”

October 24. have had two days of chaos and discouragement. .. .”

October 27. a delightful and encouraging Conference of A. Aw. Held in my parlors. The prevailing feeling was that we should not disband, but should hold on to our association and lie by, hoping to find New innings for work. Florida was spoken of as good ground for us. I felt much cheered and quickened by the renewal of old friendships. ...”

a Western lecture trip had been planned for this

1 Edwin Arlington Robinson, author of Captain Craig, etc.

2 the facsimile printed in the reminiscences contains the discarded stanza.

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