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“ [346] sympathy developed in her work, which was a godsend to thousands of women.”

May 26. My dear son arrived in the evening to celebrate my birthday. He seems well and happy. I was thankful to see him. Flowers kept arriving all day.”

May 27. Attended church and carried some of my birthday flowers for the pulpit. ... In the afternoon a beautiful reception which the rain kept from being the over-crowd which I had rather feared. Colonel Higginson came and gave me some lovely verses written for the occasion. William R. Thayer did likewise. Arthur Upson had already sent me some. I enjoyed it all very much; dined downstairs with my dear family, who drank my health standing. H. M. H., being called upon for a word, said, ‘The dear old girl!’ and could not have said better. I thanked and blessed them all. We passed the evening together. The Greeks of Boston sent splendid red roses and ribbons with motto. The Italians sent flowers.”

After this she wrote an essay on “How to keep young,” in which she says:--

Try to keep in touch with the best spirits of your time, with those who are raising instead of lowering the tone of the atmosphere in which they live.

Avoid the companionship of those who deride sacred things and are inclined to ignore the limits of refinement and good taste.

Remember that ignoble amusements react upon character.

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