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July 1. Oak Glen.... found a typed copy of my ‘rest’ sermon, delivered in our own church, twelve years ago. Surely preaching has been my greatest privilege and in it I have done some of my best work.”

July 2. unusually depressed at waking. Feared that I might be visited by ‘senile melancholia’ against which I shall pray with all my might.... began Plato's ‘Laws.’ ”

Plato seems to have acted as a tonic, for on the same day she writes to her daughter-in-law, expressing her joy in “Harry's” latest honor, the degree of Doctor of Laws conferred by Harvard College:--

to Mrs. Henry Marion Howe

Oai Glen, July 2, 1905.
Thanks very much for your good letter, giving me such a gratifying account of the doings at Harvard on Commencement Day. I feel quite moved at the thought of my dear son's receiving this well-merited honor from his alma mater. It shows, among other things, how amply he has retrieved his days of boyish mischief. This is just what his dear father did. I think you must both have had a delightful time. How did our H. M. H. look sitting up in such grave company? I hope he has not lost his old twinkle. I am very proud and glad....

She was indeed proud of all her son's honors; of any success of child or grandchild; yet she would pretend to furious jealousy. “I see your book is praised, Sir!” (or, “Madam!” ) “It probably does not deserve it. ”

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