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[470] him yesterday, he could not speak above a whisper, and was evidently quite ill, but he was in his library and moved about the room freely, giving directions and making arrangements for a person who was copying something for him. I came away without any special anxiety about the case.

This morning early I was sent for; but I stayed in bed late, not being well, and Michael, when he brought the shaving-water, was unwilling to tell me. As breakfast was ready your aunt thought it better to wait till I had had the needed refreshment. So I did not get there till after nine. William was alone, and had seen nobody but his uncle. . . . . I sent for Mr. Winthrop, who came at once, but we were able to settle nothing, and are to go again at half past 12. . . . .

I do not yet come to any living perception of what has happened; everything was so natural in that library, that when Winthrop came in my first impression was that Everett was entering the room. A minute afterwards I think I felt worse than I have at any time. It is a terrible shock.


1 . . . .

To General Thayer, Braintree.

Boston, April 25, 1865.
my dear Thayer,—Faithful Michael—my true follower of fourteen years standing—honestly owned to me, two days ago, that you called here some time since,--date uncertain,—and that he forgot to tell me of it. I forgave him, though I was tant soit peu chagrine.

As it is no fault of mine, I trust that you will make it up to me, as generous men are wont to do. Especially I beg you to remember your promise to come in, about these days, and spend a night or more with us. We are quite alone,—Anna in London, Lizzie in New York, both for their health; and even some of our most intimate friends away, some for one reason, some for another. So we are very solitary. And only think what has happened2 that we must talk about! I never dreamed, in my worst fears, of living through such a period of horrors. Indeed, I hardly comprehend now what has happened. . . . .


1 In a note to General Thayer he says: ‘We shall miss him [Everett] very much. I had known him almost as long as I have known you. Pray try to live a little longer; I can't spare you all.’

2 Assassination of President Lincoln.

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