This microscopic and detailed study of the causes of evil on society will be much forwarded by the direct agency of women.
They too will supply that inexhaustible element of hopefulness, without which reforms are a mere working back and forth of machinery.
These two things will overcome the evil of the world by prevention first, and then by the optimistic anticipation of good.
This is a great work given to Woman now to do. Then I caught at various couplets of a possible millennial poem, but feared I should not write it. Have scrawled these on a large pad. This line kept coming back to me, ‘Living, not dying, Christ
redeemed mankind.’ ... This my first day at my desk since Saturday, March 28.
I may try some prose about the present patient analysis of the evil of society, the patient intelligent women associated in all this work.
To reclaim waste earth is a glory.
Why not a greater to reclaim the moral wastes of humanity?”
This midnight vision impressed her deeply, and through the succeeding days she wrote it out in full, bit by bit. On the envelope containing it is written, “An account of my vision of the world regenerated by the combined labor and love of Men and Women.”
In it she saw
men and women of every clime working like bees to unwrap the evils of society and to discover the whole web of vice and misery and to apply the remedies, and also to find the influences that should best counteract the evil and its attendant suffering.
There seemed to be a new, a wondrous, everpermeating