son-in-law, when in the late afternoon Rosalind told me that dear noble Ednah Cheney
This caused me much distress.
My first word was: ‘The house of God is closed!
Such a friend is indeed a sanctuary to which one might retire for refuge from all mean and unworthy things.’
“A luminous intellect, unusual powers of judgment and of sympathy as well.
She has been a tower of strength to me. I sent word by telephone to Charles G. Ames
, begging that her
hymn might be sung at church to-morrow ....”
. Dear E. D. C.'s funeral. ... I spoke of her faith in immortality, which I remember as unwavering.
I said: ‘No, that lustrous soul is not gone down into darkness.
It has ascended to a higher light, to which our best affections and inspirations may aspire.’
.... Got out my dearest little Sammy's picture and placed it on my mantelshelf.
[He was a Christmas child.] Maud and I went to the Oratorio, which we enjoyed.... I wondered whether the heavenly ones could not enjoy the beautiful music.”
. A little festivity. ... At supper I was called upon for a toast, and after a moment's thought, responded thus:--
God grant us all to thrive,
And for a twelvemonth to be alive,
And every bachelor to wive;
And many blessings on the head
Of our dear Presidential Ted.
“We saw the year out; a year of grace to me, if ever I had one.”