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[2318] by the most scrupulous decorum,—when I wrote, ‘Dear friend, I am married; I have a child. There are particulars, as to my reasons for keeping this secret, I do not wish to tell. This is rather an odd affair; will it make any difference in our relations?’—answered, ‘What difference can it make, except that I shall love you more, now that we can sympathize as mothers?’ Her first visit here was to me; she adopted at once Ossoli and the child to her love.

——wrote me that——was a little hurt, at first, that I did not tell him, even in the trying days of Rome, but left him to hear it, as he unluckily did, at the table d'hote in Venice; but his second and prevailing thought was regret that he had not known it, so as to soothe and aid me,—to visit Ossoli at his post,—to go to the child in the country. Wholly in that spirit was the fine letter he wrote me, one of my treasures. The little American society have been most cordial and attentive; one lady, who has been most intimate with me, dropped a tear over the difficulties before me, but she said, ‘Since you have seen fit to take the step, all your friends have to do, now, is to make it as easy for you as they can.’


to Mrs. E. S.
I am glad to have people favorably impressed, because I feel lazy and weak, unequal to the trouble of friction, or the pain of conquest. Still, I feel a good deal of contempt for those so easily disconcerted or reassured. I was not a child; I had lived in the midst of that New England society, in a way that entitled me to esteem, and a favorable interpretation, where there was doubt about my motives of actions. I pity those who are


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