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“ [362] rose. The service was very congenial and calming to my anxiety. I read the sermon quite audibly from beginning to end. It was listened to with profound attention, if I may say so.”

May 20. ... Marion Crawford arrived soon after three for a little visit. He looks greatly improved in health since I last saw him. He must have passed through some crisis and come out conqueror. He has all his old charm ....”

She was lamenting the death of her cousin and childhood playfellow, Dr. Valentine Mott Francis, when “a much greater affliction” fell upon her in the death of her son-in-law, David Prescott Hall. “This hurts me,” she writes, “like a physical pain.”

To Florence

Oak Glen, July 3, 1907.
My dearest dear Flossy,
You are quite right in saying that we greatly need the consoling belief in a future life to help us bear the painful separation which death brings. Surely, the dear Christ believed in immortality, and promised it to faithful souls. I have myself derived great comfort from this belief, although I must confess that I know nothing about it. You may remember what [Downer] said to your dear father: “I don't know anything about it, but Jesus Christ certainly believed in immortality, and I pin my faith on him, and run for luck.” ... Alice and her trio of babes came safe to hand this morning. Frances at once began to spread the gravel from outdoors on the best staircase, but desisted when forbidden

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