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LIFE OF OCTAVIA HILL

Director, give up the direction He places in my way ; I must not mistake self-will for conscience, nor impatience for honesty. No one on earth can distinguish them for me ; but He will. It so often seems to me as if two different courses of action were right or might be right ; and this is what puzzles me, even tho' it is a blessing as binding me to people of widely different opinions. Thank you once more, dear Sir, for all teaching, given now and before.

(Undated, probably August, 1859.)

To Miranda.

Thanks for your sweet letter received yesterday. What have I been thinking and feeling about ? Dear me, that is a question. Well, dear, of extra things, first and foremost of a delightful dance Mr. Furnivall gave to his friends among the men and their friends, and to which he invited me. I went with Louisa [1] and Henrietta ; [2] and a glorious evening we had ! Before that, I had been one of their Sunday excursions with them. ... I received, however, a letter from Mr. Maurice in answer to my enquiries (oh such a beautiful letter !), which makes me feel I have much to learn about Sunday, and at any rate I could not go with College people, his feeling being so strong on the subject, I think. This has been, as you may imagine, a great effort to me ; for really my day refreshed me so entirely ; and I was so happy. Do you know perhaps I'm going down to Godmanchester (where Cromwell was born) to visit a new friend, Miss Baumgartner, during my next holidays.

  1. One of the girls who made toys.
  2. The daughter of a former nurse.