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[269] autumn, but certain untoward symptoms developed and Dr. Wesselhoeft said, “no! no! not even if you had not had vertigo.” she gave it up most reluctantly, confiding only to the Journal the hope that she might be able to go later.

November 9. celebration of dear Chev's birthday at the Institution. I spoke of the New Testament word about the mustard seed, so small but producing such a stately tree. I compared this little seed to a benevolent impulse in the mind of S. G. H. And the Institution to a tree. ‘what is smaller than a human heart? what seems weaker than a good intention? yet the good intention, followed by the faithful heart, has produced this great refuge in which many generations have already found the way to a life of educated usefulness.’ . ..”

November 19 ... before the sermon I had prayed for some good thought of God. This came to me in the shape of a sudden perception to this effect: ‘I am in the father's house already.’ . . .”

November 30. ... in giving thanks to-day, I made my only personal petitions, which were first, that some of my dear granddaughters might find suitable husbands,... and lastly, that I might serve in some way until the last breath leaves my body....”

December 16. I had greatly desired to see the ‘Barber.’ kind Mrs. [Alfred] Batcheller made it possible by inviting me to go with her. The performance was almost if not quite bouffe. Sembrich's singing marvellous, the acting of the other characters excellent, and singing very good, especially that of de Reszke

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