[Boston—Friday, 9 April 1869]

Mr. Whittier came to breakfast Friday morning April 9th Jamie and he talked of the religious inheritances of our race, how impossible to shake off, save by a strong effort ideas instilled into us during early childhood. Whittier was pleased to hear the tribute paid by Mr. Emerson on Sunday to the Quakers. He reads many books cheating his solitary home in this way of many a thing.

Occupied with company and French reading, but as it is with the most delightful of company mostly, old friends, I shall try not to write much but begin journal-writing more faithfully with our journey.

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