March brought a new pleasure, in seeing and meeting Novelli
, the great Italian actor.
“ March 14
. The banquet of the Circolo at Lombardy Inn.... My seat was at the head of the table with Novelli
on my right and Tosti, the consul, on my left.
Had some pleasant talk with each.
Then I had a good inspiration for part of my speech, in which I mentioned the egg used by Columbus
, and made to stand, to show that things held to be impossible often proved possible.
I said that out of this egg ‘was hatched the American Eagle
shed tears at this, and Novelli
kissed my hand.
The Italian servants listened eagerly to all the speaking, and participated in the applause.
, Secretary Jocelyn
, and others spoke well and rather briefly.
Dear Padre Roberto
was really eloquent.”
.... In the evening to see Novelli
in ‘Morte Civile’ ; his personation wonderfully fine, surpassing even Salvini
in the part....”
.... Went to South Boston
to say a word at the presentation of dear Michael
's portrait to the Perkins Institution by the Howe Memorial Club
. . . . Also had a wonderful fit of verse — wrote two sonnets to Dante
and a versification of my conceit about the hatching of the American Eagle
from the egg of Columbus
. A ‘boot-and-saddle’ day.... I found that my Authors' Club will meet to-day in Cambridge
telephoned, asking me to speak of Aldrich
; I asked permission to leave the College
Club after the speaking.
Ordered a carriage at 4.30, sprang into it, ”