to be presented to the committee for Home Week, which I have entirely forgotten and neglected.
To do this was far from my intention, but my old head fairly gave out in the confusion of the various occasions in which I was obliged to take an active part.”
She yielded to entreaty and stayed at home, and was rewarded by “a most gratifying letter from Edward Everett Hale
, telling me that Josiah Quincy
read my poem with real feeling, and that it was warmly received.”
“My prayer is answered.
I have lived to see my dear girl again. ... I give thanks earnestly and heartily, but seem for a time paralyzed by her presence.”
With the early autumn came a great pleasure in a visit to the new “Green Peace,” the house which her son had built at Bedford Hills, New York
She was delighted with the house and garden; the Journal tells of all manner of pleasant gayeties.
. Fannie had a luncheon party even pleasanter than yesterday's. Rev. Mr. Luquer
is a grandson of Dominick Lynch
, who used to come to my father's house in my childhood and break my heart by singing ‘Lord Ullin's Daughter.’
I remember creeping under the piano once to hide my tears.
He sang all the Moore
melodies with great expression.... This, his descendant, looks a good deal like him. Was bred a lawyer.
My good Uncle Cutler twice asked him whether he would study for the ministry.
He said, ‘No.’
My uncle said the second time, ‘What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?’
This word, he told me, came back to him. ”