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[131] mind full of the Revolution of 1848 in France, added, “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite!”

On April 18 she writes: “My boy will be seven weeks old to-morrow, and . . . such a darling little child was never seen in this world before .... I shall have some fears lest his temperament partake of the melancholy which oppressed me during the period of his creation, but so far he is so placid and gentle, that we call him the little saint. ... I have seen little of the world since his birth, and thought still less. I shall try to pursue my studies as I have through this last year, for I am good for nothing without them. I will rather give up the world and cut out Beacon Street, but an hour or two for the cultivation of my poor little soul I must and will have... .”

To her sister Annie

Dearest Annie,
... My literary reputation is growing apace. Mr. Buchanan Read has written to me from Philadelphia to beg some poetry for a book he is about to publish,1 and I am going to hunt up some trash for him in the course of the week. I find that my name has been advertised in relation to Griswold's book — people come to ask Chev if that Mrs. Howe is his wife. I feel as if I should make a horribly shabby appearance. Do tell me if Griswold liked the poems....

1 Female Poets of America.

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