[Boston—Monday, 17 October 1870]

Monday night—we were obliged to go to Dorchester to dear Mrs. Baker’s, (as good a woman as ever breathed,) but we should not have left Mother and Sarah except for an English clergyman & his daughter who were visiting her and had brought letters to us as well as to her, just now. We found the Reverend Hoare and his daughter highly respectable, highly uninteresting (save from a purely human point of view) and exceedingly like “Mr. Barlow.” The amount of information rendered up in the given time in a cast iron voice was quite amazing. They live in Tunbridge Wells that quaint old watering place in Kent, and very good representatives of the residents there I should think them. I believe they are really helpful people to the poor and certainly as members of the Gurney family they have a good philanthropic heritage.

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