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The new year (1905) found her in full health and activity. On its first day she writes:--

“I begin this book by thanking God most deeply that He has permitted me to see the dawn of this New Year, and by praying that I may not wilfully waste one of its precious days. I am now about half through my eighty-sixth year and must feel no surprise if the mandate to remove should come suddenly or at any time. But while I live, dear Lord, let me truly live in energetic thought and rational action. Bless, I pray Thee, my own dear family, my blessed country, Christendom, and all mankind. This is my daily prayer and I record it here. Is it amiss that in this prayer my own people come first? No! for family affection is the foundation of all normal human relations. We begin with the Heavenly Father and open out to the whole human brotherhood.”

January 2. Had an anxious time hunting after my Hawthorne screed to read this afternoon before the New England Woman's Club. In my perplexity I said: ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have You help me find it’ ; but the answer seemed to come thus: ‘My help is of grace and not according to desert’ ; and I found it at once where I ought to have looked for it at first ....”

January 20.... You can't do good with a bad action.” [Apropos of the shot fired at the Czar.]

“The reason why a little knowledge is dangerous is that your conceit of it may make you refuse to learn more.”

She was writing a paper on Mrs. Stowe and “Uncle

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