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A week later, she went to New York to attend a reception given to the Medal of Honor Legion at Brooklyn Academy. She writes:--

“Last evening's occasion was to me eminently worth the trouble I had taken in coming on. To meet these veterans, face to face, and to receive their hearty greeting, was a precious boon vouchsafed to me so late in life. Their reception to me was cordial in the extreme. The audience and chorus gave me the Chautauqua salute, and as I left the platform, the girl chorus sang the last verse of my ‘Hymn’ over again, in a subdued tone, as if for me alone. The point which I made, and wished to make, was that, ‘ our flag should only go forth on errands of justice, mercy, etc., and that once sent forth, it should not be recalled until the work whereunto it had been pledged was accomplished.’ This with a view to Pekin. ...”

September 13.... The Galveston horror 1 was much in my mind yesterday. I could not help asking why the dear Lord allowed such dreadful loss of life. ...”

October 25. My last writing at this time in this dear place. The season, a very busy one, has also been a very blessed one. I cannot be thankful enough for so much calm delight — my children and grandchildren, my books and my work, although this last has caused me many anxieties. I cannot but feel as old John Forbes did when he left Naushon for the last time and went about in his blindness, touching his writing materials, etc., and saying to himself, ‘Never again, perhaps.’ If it should turn out so in my case, ”

1 A terrible storm and tidal wave which had nearly destroyed the city.

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