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“ [354] some of them down as it was late and dark. Sanborn to dine — unexpected, but always welcome.”

January 12. Copied and completed my lines for the evening. Found a large assemblage of members and invited guests [of the Authors' Club]; a dais and chair prepared for me, Colonel Higginson standing on my right. Many presentations — Gilder and Clyde Fitch, Owen Wister, Norman Hapgood. Aldrich [T. B.] took me in to dinner and sat on my right, Hon. John D. Long on my left; next beyond A. sat Homans Womans.1 I despaired of making my jingle tell in so large and unfamiliar a company. At last I took courage and read it, bad as I thought it. To my surprise, it told, and created the merriment which had been my object so far as I had any. My ‘Battle Hymn’ was sung finely by a male quartette. Colonel Higginson and I were praised almost out of our senses. A calendar, got up with much labor, was presented to each of us.”

January 13. To church, to take down my vanity after last evening's laudations....”

January 15. Made a final copy of my lines on Robert E. Lee,--read them to Rosalind — the last line drew a tear from each of us, so I concluded that it would do and sent it.”

“To Tuesday Club, where the effort which I made to hear speakers tired my head badly. Themes: Whether and how to teach Ethics in public schools; also, The English Education bill. Socrates having been mentioned as an exemplar, I suddenly cried out ”

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