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Julia is rather strict with me, but very good, considering whose grandchild she is.

Affect., Mother.

March 25. I received in one day three notes asking me regarding the ‘Life of Margaret Shepard,’ and ‘Secret Confessions of a Priest.’ One writer had seen in some paper that she could have the books by applying to me; Miss — wrote to the same intent; Miss-- wrote and enclosed forty cents' worth of stamps for one of the books. I have replied to all that I know nothing of the books in question, and that I am neither agent nor bookseller.”

March 30. Lunch with Mrs. Fields after church. Heard a very inspiring sermon from Samuel A. Eliot. This young man has a very noble bearing and a stringent way of presenting truth. He has that vital religious power which is rare and most precious. Before he had spoken I had been asking in my mind, how can we make the past present to us? The Easter service and Lent also seem intended to do this, but our imaginations droop and lag behind our desires...”

April 2. ... Went in the evening to see ‘Ren-Hur’ with kind Sarah Jewett — her treat, as was my attendance at the opera. The play was altogether spectacular, but very good in that line....”

April 3.... Went to the celebration of E. E. Hale's eightieth birthday, in which the community largely participated. Senator Hoar was the orator and spoke finely.... Hale's response was manly, cheery, ”

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