company, in the early years of my acquaintance with her.
She wore this circle of friends, when I first knew her, as a necklace of diamonds about her neck.
They were so much to each other, that Margaret seemed to represent them all, and, to know her, was to acquire a place with them.
The confidences given her were thei.
best, and she held them to them.
She was an active inspiring companion and correspondent, and all the art, the thought, and the nobleness in New England
, seemed, at that moment, related to her, and she to it. She was everywhere a welcome guest.
The houses of her friends in town and country were open to her, and every hospitable attention eagerly offered.
Her arrival was a holiday, and so was her abode.
She stayed a few days, often a week, more seldom a month, and all tasks that could be suspended were put aside to catch the favorable hour, in walking, riding, or boating, to talk with this joyful guest, who brought wit, anecdotes, love-stories, tragedies, oracles with her, and, with her broad web of relations to so many fine friends, seemed like the queen of some parliament of love, who carried the key to all confidences, and to whom every question had been finally referred.
Persons were her game, specially, if marked by fortune, or character, or success;—to such was she sent.
She addressed them with a hardihood,—almost a haughty assurance,—queen-like.
Indeed, they fell in her way, where the access might have seemed difficult, by wonderful casualties; and the inveterate recluse, the coyest maid, the waywardest poet, made no resistance, but yielded at discretion, as if they had been waiting for her, all doors to this imperious dame.
She disarmed the suspicion