[Boston—Tuesday, 5 May 1868]

Tuesday May 5th Musical Festival opens today but I am too ill with a cold to go. I must remain housed although summer smiles outside.

A letter from Mary Dickens yesterday!

I feel inexpressibly happy, too happy almost, may God sanctify this also unto us—the love that is in the world. I say too happy for I remember what the world contains of death, yet I know too what the world contains of life, life immortal and I smile at my own shadows.

At last Spring has really come and warm weather. It is like August rather than May but it brings up my tulips and the grass is beautifully green.

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