[Manchester—Wednesday, 21 July 1875]

July 21. Another fine day. Mr. James Freeman Clarke came yesterday. Also Mrs Baker with Colonel Eytinge & Mr. Porter called in the afternoon and Mr. R.H. Dana Jr., his daughter and niece. We were just reading Mrs Kemble’s Autobiography when they arrived and only the faces of friends could have reconciled us to the interruption. Mr. Clarke told many delightful stories and repeated a long sentence “the finest pieces of prose in our language” by Alexander Everett about Goethe written just after the memoirs were published. Laura sang “Nannie O!” very sweetly.


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