[p. 22] Representatives, and many other notable persons were frequent partakers of her hospitality, and knew the refined attractions of her home, which kept her husband's heart constantly there, wherever his onerous public duties might call him, for she was a perfect housekeeper, and worshipper of art in all its branches. The radiance of the azaleas in her conservatory in the snow-bound days of February, due to her personal care, is far famed. One of the best pictures of her shows her seated in this bower. Tuskegee, Hampton, Berea and Calhoun, the colleges devoted to the education of colored students, are indebted to Mrs. Stearns for most liberal yearly contributions of pecuniary aid from the start, nor have her private benefactions been less liberal and judicious. Tufts College and the Boston Homoeopathic Hospital are handsomely remembered in her will, and this Society is the residuary legatee of portraits of historic value— one of them being that of the builder of this house, Convers Francis—and other appropriate gifts. Let us therefore say as Whittier did of her noble husband; may she not also—
Hear the blessing,
Good and faithful enter in!