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Reading Theodore Parker's sermon on “Wisdom and Intellect,” she found it so full of notable sayings that she thought “a little familiar book of daily inspiration and aspiration” might be made from his writings: she wrote to Mr. Francis J. Garrison suggesting this, and suggesting also, what had been long in her mind, the collecting and publishing of her “Occasional poems.”

In late September, she was “moved to write one or more open letters on what religion really is, for some one of the women's papers” ; and the next day began upon “What is religion?” or rather, “What Sort of Religion makes Religious Liberty possible?”

A day or two later, she was giving an “offhand talk” on the early recollections of Newport at the Papeterie, and going to an afternoon tea at a musical house, where, after listening to Schumann Romances and Chopin waltzes, and to the “Battle Hymn” on the 'cello, she was moved to give a performance of “Flibbertigibbet.” This occasion reminded her happily of her father's house, of Henry “playing tolerably on the 'cello, Marion studying the violin, Broa Sam's lovely tenor voice.”

Now came the early October days when she was to receive the degree of Doctor of Laws from Smith College. She hesitated about making the tiresome journey, but finally, “Grudging the trouble and expense, I decide to go to Smith College, for my degree, but think I won't do so any more.”

She started accordingly with daughter and maid, for Northampton, Massachusetts. It was golden

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