[Manchester—Thursday, 16 August 1877]
August 16. Our friends came and were as sweet & beautiful as they alone know how to be—not that they are more sweet and beautiful in their spirit than all others, but they have a sense of beauty and of fitness, which is delightful to the senses. Neither are they lacking in quickness of intellect but thus far it has been a good deal spent without being tried by the hard work which can alone make our powers serve us in the time of need.
It is cloudy, wet, warm weather, hard for those who are in cities faint.