[Boston—Wednesday, 20 May 1868]

May 20th In the new life of David Garrick there is a passage reminding us of Dickens and his experience in America. Garrick had just left Dublin, taking “away with him the most generous and grateful sentiments of the people of the place; and when later, what he called “a most cruel and false report” was set on foot, that he had spoken disrespectfully of the “gentlemen of Ireland” he thought it necessary “solemnly to avow that he had never even thought with indifference” of Ireland.”

Dank weather still holds. Longfellow is going to support Greene during his stay in Europe, with the help of his uncle. They do it half in half.

Heard Mrs. Kemble read Hamlet yesterday—she did it with great spirit and beauty. She (her reading as well as herself) has many minor faults and much great virtue.

Sam. Longfellow asked J. yesterday for some antidote against sea-sickness saying he had heard brown paper worn on the chest was considered good. “Yes” said J. “a lady in whom I have no confidence assured me that was the fact! You had better try it.”


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