[Manchester—Wednesday, 21 June 1876]

Wednesday 21. For the past three days I found a morning walk to the pastures as delicious as ever. Jamie busies himself about the place and with his work. Yesterday we stopped in the afternoon coming from the orchard to speak with Mrs Bowers. Miss Thomas & her niece Miss Olney and Helen Bullard came in to see me in the morning and our neighbors the Merrills the day before. It is warm, showery, and summer-like weather.

The astonishing Presidential election “Hayes & Wheeler” and the efforts for saving the Old South pass over our heads like a rumble of distant thunder. We have so long been a part of all this worry that “it is well for us to be here”--

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