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“ [316] luck in dressing quickly. With dear Flossy took 9 A. M. train for Boston. At Middletown station found the teachers from the West [Denver and Iowa], who started the ‘Battle Hymn’ when they saw me approaching. This seemed to me charming. My man Michael, recognizing the tune, said: ‘Mrs. Howe, this is a send-off for you!’ . . .”

She was going to keep a lecture engagement in Concord, Massachusetts; her theme, “A century from the birth of Emerson.” She was anxious about this paper, and told Mr. Sanborn (the inevitable reporter calling to borrow her manuscript) that she thought the less said about the address the better. “I have tried very hard to say the right thing, but doubt whether I have succeeded.” Spite of these doubts, the lecture was received with enthusiasm.

September 6. I was very dull at waking and dreaded the drive to church and the stay to Communion. The drive partly dissipated my ‘megrims’; every bright object seemed to me to praise God.... The Communion service was very comforting. Especially did Christ's words come to me, ‘Abide in me,’ etc. I felt that if I would abide in Him, old as I am, I could still do some good work. ‘Yes! my strong friend,’ my heart said, ‘I will abide in thee,’ and a bit of the old Easter anthem came back to me, ‘He sitteth at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.’ No, it is a verse of the Te Deum.”

In October a lecture in South Berwick gave her the opportunity, always greatly enjoyed, of a visit to Sarah Orne Jewett and her sister Mary.

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