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HARVARD COLLEGE

JUN 0 1887
LIBRARY

Subzerittien funds

There is a perennial nobleness, and even sacredness, in work.

Blessed is he who has found his work ; let him ask no other

blessing.

THOMAS CARLYLE.

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I was thinking the day most splendid till I saw what the not-day

exhibited, I was thinking this globe enough till there sprang out so noiseless around me myriads of other globes.

Walt WHITMAN.

( Whispers of Heavenly Deatb.)

PREFACE.

That a correspondence covering a period of forty years should have been preserved, is due to the fact of my mother's life-long friendships ; and to the methodical care of those to whom her letters were addressed-1

sincerely thank those friends. Some of “her most beautiful, characteristic and copious letters”

were written to her friend Walt Whitman. I suggested to Mr. Whitman, the giving of these letters or rather extracts from them, for publication in the present volume. But the poet was not entirely favourable or willing. “I do not know,” he says in a late letter to me, “ that I can furnish any good reason, but I feel to keep these utterances exclusively to myself. But I cannot let

book go to press without at least saying—and wishing it put on record—that among the perfect women I have known (and it has been my unspeakably good fortune to have had the very best, for mother, sisters and friends)

your

I have known none more perfect in every relation, than my dear, dear friend, Anne Gilchrist.”

My mother never imagined that her Memoir would be written ; but a fortnight before her death, she placed in my hands a slip of paper containing a list of her published essays faintly written in pencil—a sacred warrant, which has had effect in strengthening my purpose to the execution of this labour of love.

By no means the least pleasant part of my duty is that of acknowledging my indebtedness to a valued friend

Mr. Rossetti. I thank Mr. and Mrs. Carwardine for

furthering the reproduction, which has been made from the beautiful picture by Romney, of “Mrs. Carwardine and Child,” at Colne Priory.

HERBERT HARLAKENDEN GILCHRIST.

Keats Corner, Well Road, HAMPSTEAD,

November 22, 1886.

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