of my ‘Battle Hymn
’ with some verses of her own. I replied, refusing this permission, but saying that she should rewrite her own part sufficiently to leave mine out, and should not call it the ‘Battle Hymn
of the Republic
The metre and tune, of course, she might use, as they are not mine in any special sense, but my phrases not
After writing an article for the “Delineator,” on “What I should like to give my Country for a Christmas Gift,” she dreads a failure of her productive power, but is reassured by Maud's verdict.
“I took much pains with it, but think she overpraises it a little to raise my spirits.”
The gift she would choose was “a more vigilant national conscience.”
The little essay counts but seventy lines, but every word tells.
In early September she performed a “very small public service,” unveiling in Newport
a bronze tablet in honor of Count de Rochambeau
She would have been glad to speak, but an anxious daughter had demurred, and at the moment she “only thought of pulling the string the right way.”
“ September 21.
Green Peace, New York
. A delightful drive with Mr. Seth Low
in his auto.
A good talk with him about the multi-millionnaires and the Hague
Conferences which he has attended.
We reached Green Peace in time for Mr. Frank Potter
to sing about half of my songs.
He has a fine tenor voice, well cultivated, and is very kind about my small compositions.
I had not counted upon this pleasure.
I dreaded this visit, for the troublesome journey, but it has been delightful.
I am charmed to see my son so handsomely and comfortably ”