[Boston—Tuesday & Wednesday, 20 & 21 April 1869]
April 20–21. Warm as summer with dropping rain. Mr. Murray, pastor of Park St. church, young muscular Xtian—and Mr. Harris, young Oxon., came to breakfast. Curious to watch the two civilizations thus contrasted. Murray a man of considerable native power, Harris of real culture.
Miss Phelps came to lunch the same day—a good woman who has been fortunate in writing a book which has stirred the hearts of thousands. Mr Parkman, historian, passed the evening here. Next evening Mrs Baker, next, R.H. Dana, poet and daughter. So the days go only too quickly while we make ready to leave home.