I am so happy — so blessed!
The literary work of this summer was directed toward preparing articles on many subjects for the New York independent and the National era, as well as collecting material for future books.
That the Pearl of Orr's Island, which afterward appeared as a serial in the Independent, was already contemplated, is shown by a letter written July 29th, in which Mrs. Stowe says:
What a lovely place Andover is!
So many beautiful walks!
Last evening a number of us made up his mind about everything.
In his old age he attends prayer-meetings and reads the Missionary Herald.
He also has plenty of money in an old brown sea-chest.
He is a great heart with an inflexible will and iron muscles.
I must go to Orr's Island and see him again.
I am now writing an article for the Era on Maine and its scenery, which I think is even better than the Independent letter.
In it I took up Longfellow.
Next I shall write one on Hawthorne and his surroundings.