[Boston—Wednesday, 19 February 1868]

Feb. 19. The days flow on—my household of servants (three this winter & a washerwoman) are remarkably good, after many trials—and I have time in the morning for a look into a book—for visits and a walk at noon-time—for visitors or another read in the afternoon. There are not many who can say this.

Carried Louisa’s baby to Cambridge yesterday. I shall never forget Mr Parton’s saying, “after his experience, rather than to have no child in the house, he would adopt eight.” I wonder sometimes if I shall ever see one intended for us. Yes, I believe so.

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