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“ [340] This must include ‘Justice to Women.’ I meant to tackle the theme at once, but after breakfast a poem came to me in the almost vulgar question, ‘Does your Mother know you're out?’ I had to write this, also a verse or two in commemoration of Frederic L. Knowles, a member of our Authors' Club, who has just passed away.”

September 25.... I must have got badly chilled this morning, for my right hand almost refuses to guide the pen. I tried several times to begin a short note to David Hall, but could not make distinct letters. Then I forced myself to pen some rough draft and now the pen goes better, but not yet quite right. I had the same experience last winter once. I suppose that I have overtired my brain; it is a warning. .. .”

October 5.... I had a moment of visioning, in which I seemed to see Christ on the cross refusing to drink the vinegar and gall, and myself to reach up a golden cup containing ‘the love pledge of humanity.’ Coming home I scrawled the verses before lying down to rest.” 1

October 9. After a week of painful anxiety I learn to-day that my screed for the ‘Cosmopolitan’ is accepted. I felt so persuaded to the contrary that I delayed to open the envelope until I had read all my other letters ...”

October 25. Meeting of Boston Authors' Club ... Worked all the morning at sorting my letters and papers. ... Laura, Maud, and I drove out to Cambridge. ”

1 These verses are printed in At Sunset, under the title of “Humanity,” and at the head of chapter XI of this volume.

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