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Tuesday, March 18, 1890

     7.30 P.M. Just over from a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Contemporary Club. Members "delighted" at

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W.'s proposal. Matters concluded—meeting for 15th April. Effort to be made to have Dr. Furness and General Sherman come, to add to W.'s utterance. W. seemed gratified. "It is a sentiment with me, to keep this day sacred for Lincoln." And then— "No—it will not hurt me: I am nothing to brag of—but it is a great deal to get out of the monotony of this chair-life. We did not know—were doubtful—of the dinner last year, but all passed off well—better than well. You know, even if a fellow is badly battered he's not bound to parade his batterment—nor will I." And as to the essay itself—whether he would wish to touch it— "Very probably: there is always something. It is a short hour's delivery: the essay, piece, elastic—can be made more or less."


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