[Manchester—Wednesday, 6 September 1876]

Wednesday Sepr 6. We were all at breakfast again at half past seven o’clock. Governor Bagley gave us a detailed account of his school in the cottage plan for the children formerly shut up in poor houses and public institutions. He says it is a kind of purgatory between the hell of the institution or gutter and the heaven of adoption. He does not mean to have the children retained there, but only educated in passing into some good home. We were deeply touched by his story of the scenes he had witnessed and the work he had tried to perform.

At half past eight Miss Phelps left us; the others remained until two P.M. The day was gorgeous and we walked and drove all the time until time for dinner.


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