[Manchester—Friday, 25 August 1876]

Friday 25. Took tea at Mrs Towne’s. Jamie forgot he had invited Mr. Brigham. We had no sooner gone than he arrived and past [sic] the evening all by himself!! Happily we returned at nine o’clock. He was a bit chagrined but recovered before he left the next morning. He does not speak German but he has read all German theology and talks of it as easily as of the friends. He seems to let his mind down by gossip and between gossip and theology makes up a queer kind of a character.

We called on old Mrs Trask who is nearly ninety and her granddaughter in the afternoon. They were a strange contrast, both possessed of strong characters.

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