breeding and habits could go through with so much and such fearfully disagreeable work, but they are untiring, always cheerful, ready, and uncomplaining; and by their very presence, apart from the actual assistance in nursing, soften the treatment which, at the hands of the best-intentioned men, is somewhat rough and harsh. They are charming company, and I am rapidly learning to eat with my fork–when I can get one. We take our quinine regularly in a jovial company, and laugh at each other's wry faces over the bitterness.
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Ode recited at the Harvard commemoration, July 21 , 1865 .
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