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[167] expected after eight months of Institution. I have seen Opera of “Trovatore” --in bonnet trimmed with grapes I went, bonnet baptized with “oh d-Cologne,” but Alexander McDonald was my escort, Chev feeling very ill just at Opera time, but making himself strangely comfortable after my departure with easychair, foot-stool, and unlimited pile of papers. Well, dear, you know they would be better if they could, but somehow they can't — it is n't in them....


To the same

South Boston, Nov. 27, 1855.
I have been having a wow-wow time of late, or you should have heard from me. As it is, I shall scribble a hasty sheet of Hieroglyphics, and put in it as much of myself as I can. Mme. Kossuth (Kossuth's sister divorced from former husband) has been here for ten days past; as she is much worn and depressed I have had a good deal of comforting up to do — very little time and much trouble. She is a lady, and has many interesting qualities, but you can imagine how I long for the sanctity of home. Still, my heart aches that this woman, as well bred as any one of ourselves, should go back to live in two miserable rooms, with three of her four children, cooking, and washing everything with her own hands, and sitting up half the night to earn a pittance by sewing or fancy work. Her eldest son has been employed as engineer on the Saratoga and Sacketts Harbor railroad for two years, but has not been paid a cent — the R. R. being nearly or quite bankrupt. He is earning $5 a week in a Bank, and


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