[Boston—Sunday, 22 November 1863]

Sunday Nov. 22. Heard Mr Wasson preach at the Melodeon upon “Communication.” He began with speaking of Plato’s dialogue upon Virtue, whether it can be taught and then proceeded in the most exquisite manner to show the value of influence through words and the worth of character ending with the bird which sang ages ago in the swaying foliage of Judea but whose notes are caught and echoed today even by the singers of far away America. Yet these are not his language; every word he spoke was fitly framed “like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

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