strange sort of book,” he exclaimed, “your diary must be!
You ought to strike that out immediately.”
She admired Charles Sumner
heartily, but they disagreed on many points.
He disapproved of women's speaking in public (as did the Doctor
), and-with wholly kind intentions — did what he could to prevent her giving the above-mentioned readings in Washington
She notes this in her Journal.
“I wrote him a very warm letter, but with no injurious phrase, as I felt only grief and indignation, not dis-esteem, towards him. Yet the fact of having written the letter became extremely painful to me, when it was once beyond recall.
I could not help writing a second on the day following, to apologize for the roughness of the first.
This was a diplomatic fault, I think, but one inseparable from my character.
C. S.'s reply, which I dreaded to read, was very kind.
While I clearly saw his misapprehension of the whole matter, I saw also the thorough kindliness and sincerity of his nature.
So we disagree, but I love him.”
did not attend the readings, but he came to see her, and was, as always, kind and friendly.
After seeing him in the Senate she writes: “Sumner
looks up and smiles.
That smile seems to illuminate the Senate.”
Another passage in the Journal of March, 1864, is in a different note: “Maggie ill and company to dinner.
I washed breakfast things, cleared the table, walked, read Spinoza
a little, then had to ‘fly round,’ as my dinner was an early one.
Picked a grouse, and saw to various matters.
Company came, a little early.