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“ [273] as ‘the youngest person in the hall,’ I said, ‘ladies and gentlemen, I shall prove the truth of what our reverend friend has just said, by citing a quotation from mother Goose [’ when the pie was opened, ‘ etc.], and the first bird that I shall introduce will be Rev. E. E. Hale.’ beginning thus, I introduced T. W. Higginson as the great American Eagle; Judge [Robert] Grant as a mocking-bird; C. F. Adams as the trained German canary who sings all the songs of Yawcob Strauss; C. G. Ames said, ‘you must n't call me an owl.’ I brought him forward and said, ‘my dear minister says that I must not call him an owl, and I will not; only the owl is the bird of wisdom and he is very wise.’ I introduced Mrs. Moulton as a nightingale. For Trowbridge I could think of nothing and said, ‘this bird will speak for himself.’ introduced N. H. Dole as ‘a bird rarely seen, the phoenix.’ at the close E. E. H. Said, ‘you have an admirable power of introducing.’ this little device pleased me foolishly.”

February 4. wrote a careful letter to W. F. Savage. He had written, asking an explanation of some old manuscript copy of my ‘Battle Hymn’ and of the theft perpetrated of three of its verses in ‘pen pictures of the War,’ only lately brought to my notice. He evidently thought these matters implied doubt at least of my having composed the ‘Hymn.’ to this suspicion I did not allude, but showed him how the verses stolen had been altered, probably to avoid detection...”

March 3. Count di Campello's lecture, on the religious ”

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