Tom's cabin,” and worked hard over it. The pace began to tell.
She spoke for the friends of Russian
freedom, “a warm speech, almost without preparation.
I knew that I should find my inspiration in the occasion itself.
I had almost a spasm of thankfulness to Almighty God for the opportunity to speak for such a cause at such a time.”
At the suffrage hearing soon after, she “spoke of the force of inertia as divinely ordained and necessary, but ordained, too, to be overcome by the onward impulse which creates worlds, life, and civilization.
Said it was this inertia which opposed suffrage, the dread
of change inherent in masses, material or moral, etc., etc.”
Among her winter delights were the “Longy
” concerts of instrumental music.
She writes of one:--
“Was carried away by the delight of the musicall wind instruments.
A trio of Handel
for bassoon and two oboes was most solid and beautiful.... I could think of nothing but Shakespeare
's ‘Tempest’ and ‘Midsummer Night's Dream.’
The thought that God had set all human life and work to music overpowered me, and coming home I had a rhapsody of thanksgiving for the wonderful gift....”
The next day came an entertainment in aid of Atlanta University and Calhoun School; she “enjoyed this exceedingly, especially the plantation songs, which are of profoundest pathos, mixed with overpowering humor.
It was pleasant, too, to see the audience in which descendants of the old anti-slavery folk formed quite a feature.
I had worked hard at the screed which ”