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October 24th (search for this): chapter 28
t remember that this May be my last summer here, or anywhere on earth, but must bear in mind that it is best to act with a view to prolonged life, since without this outlook, it is very hard for us to endeavor or to do our best. Peace be with you, beautiful summer and autumn. Amen. she was never ready to leave Oak Glen; the town house always seemed at first like a prison. October 23. Boston. a drizzly, dark day. I struggled out twice, saying to myself: it is for your life. . .. October 24. have had two days of chaos and discouragement. .. . October 27. a delightful and encouraging Conference of A. Aw. Held in my parlors. The prevailing feeling was that we should not disband, but should hold on to our association and lie by, hoping to find New innings for work. Florida was spoken of as good ground for us. I felt much cheered and quickened by the renewal of old friendships. ... a Western lecture trip had been planned for this autumn, but certain untoward symptoms dev
October 23rd (search for this): chapter 28
pray that the winter May have in store for me some good work and much dear and profitable companionship. I must remember that this May be my last summer here, or anywhere on earth, but must bear in mind that it is best to act with a view to prolonged life, since without this outlook, it is very hard for us to endeavor or to do our best. Peace be with you, beautiful summer and autumn. Amen. she was never ready to leave Oak Glen; the town house always seemed at first like a prison. October 23. Boston. a drizzly, dark day. I struggled out twice, saying to myself: it is for your life. . .. October 24. have had two days of chaos and discouragement. .. . October 27. a delightful and encouraging Conference of A. Aw. Held in my parlors. The prevailing feeling was that we should not disband, but should hold on to our association and lie by, hoping to find New innings for work. Florida was spoken of as good ground for us. I felt much cheered and quickened by the renewal of old
January 3rd (search for this): chapter 28
'n preserve us from our friend! “ she and her chief vice were always making merry together; when their flint and steel struck, the flash was laughter. It May have been at the Authors' Club that the two, with Edward Everett Hale and Dr. Holmes, were receiving compliments and tributes one afternoon. at least, she cried, no one can say that Boston drops its H's this was in the winter of 1900. it was the time of the Boer War, and all Christendom was sorrowing over the conflict. On January 3 the Journal says: this morning before rising, I had a sudden thought of the Christ-babe standing between the two armies, Boers and Britons, on Christmas day. I have devoted the morning to an effort to overtake the heavenly vision with but a mediocre result. these lines are published in at Sunset. on the 11th the cap and bells are assumed once more. ... to reception of the College Club, where I was to preside over the literary exercises and to introduce the readers. I was
October 21st (search for this): chapter 28
yours received, tres chere. why not consult Hays Gardiner the late John Hays Gardiner, author of The Bible as literature, The forms of prose literature, and Harvard. about printing the original draft of the Hymn ? win's Edwin Arlington Robinson, author of Captain Craig, etc. opinion would be worth having, also. I think I shall consult E. E. Hale, albeit the two just named would be more fastidious. the facsimile printed in the reminiscences contains the discarded stanza. October 21. my last moments in this dear place. The past season appears to me like a gift of perfect jewels. I pray that the winter May have in store for me some good work and much dear and profitable companionship. I must remember that this May be my last summer here, or anywhere on earth, but must bear in mind that it is best to act with a view to prolonged life, since without this outlook, it is very hard for us to endeavor or to do our best. Peace be with you, beautiful summer and autumn. Am
ople together here, at my house, and we will form a Club, and it will be a good one too. the Journal of November 23 says:-- received word from Helen Winslow of a meeting of literary folks called for to-morrow morning at my house. this meeting was very pleasant: Mrs. Ward, Miss Winslow, Jacob Strauss, and Hezekiah Butterworth attended — later Herbert Ward came in. it was voted to form the Boston Authors' Club, and at a second meeting in December the Club was duly organized. in January the Authors' Club made its first public appearance in a meeting and dinner at hotel Vendome, Mrs. Howe presiding, Colonel Higginson (whom she described as her chief vice ) beside her. the brilliant and successful course of the Authors' Club need not be dwelt on here. Her connection with it was to continue through life, and its monthly meetings and annual dinners were among her pet pleasures. She was always ready to drop into rhyme in its service, the Muse in cap and bells being oftene
the thought of it would occupy my mind and injure my health by inducing sleeplessness and nervous excitement. Indeed, I had some sad and rather vacant hours, but dinner and Julia's Julia Ward Richards. company put my dark thought to flight and I lay down to sleep as tranquilly as usual. [whatever this trouble was, it evidently brought much suffering, but finally disappeared. We learn of it for the first time in this record; she never spoke of it to any of her family.] Oak Glen. June 21. here I am seated once more at my old table, beginning another villeggiatura, which May easily be my last. Have read a little Greek and a long article in the New world. I pray the dear heavenly father to help me pass a profitable season here, improving it as if it were my last, whether it turns out to be so or not. [she was not in her usual spirits this summer. She felt the heat and the burden of years. The Journal is mostly in a minor key.] July 16. took up a poem at which I have
October 27th (search for this): chapter 28
th, but must bear in mind that it is best to act with a view to prolonged life, since without this outlook, it is very hard for us to endeavor or to do our best. Peace be with you, beautiful summer and autumn. Amen. she was never ready to leave Oak Glen; the town house always seemed at first like a prison. October 23. Boston. a drizzly, dark day. I struggled out twice, saying to myself: it is for your life. . .. October 24. have had two days of chaos and discouragement. .. . October 27. a delightful and encouraging Conference of A. Aw. Held in my parlors. The prevailing feeling was that we should not disband, but should hold on to our association and lie by, hoping to find New innings for work. Florida was spoken of as good ground for us. I felt much cheered and quickened by the renewal of old friendships. ... a Western lecture trip had been planned for this autumn, but certain untoward symptoms developed and Dr. Wesselhoeft said, no! no! not even if you had not h
March 13th (search for this): chapter 28
to avoid detection... March 3. Count di Campello's lecture, on the religious life in Italy, was most interesting. His uncle's movement in founding a National Italian Catholic Church seemed to me to present the first solution I have met with, of the absolute opposition between Catholic and Protestant. A Catholicism without spiritual tyranny, without ignorant superstition, would bridge over the interval between the two opposites and bring about the unification of the worldchurch.... March 13.... passed the whole morning at State house, with remonstrants against petition forbidding Sunday evening concerts. T. W. H. Spoke remarkably well.. .. March 30. .. had a special good moment this morning before rising. Felt that God had granted me a good deal of heaven, while yet on earth. So the veil lifts sometimes, not for long. April found her in Minneapolis and St. Paul, lecturing and being delightfully entertained. May 8. Minneapolis. spoke at the University, which I foun
January 9th (search for this): chapter 28
d through many years; she needed none of these things. Her past was always alive, and she went hand in hand with its dear and gracious figures. but we have outstripped the Journals and must go back to the beginning of 1899. [Boston.] January 1, 1899. I begin this year with an anxious mind. I am fighting the Wolf, hand to hand. I am also confused between the work already done on my reminiscences, and that still wanting to give them some completeness. May the all-father help me! January 9. dined with the Massachusetts Press Club Association. I made a little speech partly thought out beforehand. The best bit in it--why should we fear to pass from the old Testament of our own liberties, to the New Testament of liberty for all the world? --came to me on the spur of the moment.. .. January 16. .. Dickens party at the New England Woman's Club. I despaired of being able to go, but did manage to get up a costume and take part. many very comical travesties, those of Pickwic
October 25th (search for this): chapter 28
point which I made, and wished to make, was that, our flag should only go forth on errands of justice, mercy, etc., and that once sent forth, it should not be recalled until the work whereunto it had been pledged was accomplished. This with a view to Pekin. ... September 13.... The Galveston horror A terrible storm and tidal wave which had nearly destroyed the city. was much in my mind yesterday. I could not help asking why the dear Lord allowed such dreadful loss of life. ... October 25. My last writing at this time in this dear place. The season, a very busy one, has also been a very blessed one. I cannot be thankful enough for so much calm delight — my children and grandchildren, my books and my work, although this last has caused me many anxieties. I cannot but feel as old John Forbes did when he left Naushon for the last time and went about in his blindness, touching his writing materials, etc., and saying to himself, Never again, perhaps. If it should turn out so
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