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VI IMiKl care of children he deemed irrelevant, especially by mothers, upon whom these duties must always largely devolve. Of tin- intellectual gifts and wide eulture of Margaret Fuller there is no need that 1 should speak, nor is it wise that one stand- ing in my relation to her should. Those who knew her personally feel that no words ever llowed from her pen equalling the eloquent utterances of her lijis ; yet her works, though not always a dear expression of her thoughts, are the evidences to which the world will look as proof of her mental greatness. On one point, however, I do wish to bear testimony not needed with those who knew her well, but interesting, perhaps, to some readers into whose hands this volume may fall. It is on a subject which one who knew her from his childhood up at Jtotiir, where best the heart and soul can be known, in the unrestrained hours of domestic life, in various scenes, and not for a few days, nor under any peculiar circumstances can speak with confidence, because he speaks what lie "doth know, and testi- iiclh what he hath seen." It relates to her Christian faith and " "With all her intellectual gifts, with all her high, moral, and noble characteristics," there are some who will ask, " was her intellectual power sanctified by Christian faith as it 'Were her moral qualities, her beneficent life, the results of a renewed heart ?" I feel no hesitation here, nor would think it worth while to answer such questions at all, were her life to bo read and known by all who read this volume, and were I not influenced also, in some degree, by the tone which lias character- ized a few sectarian reviews of her works, chiefly in foreign periodicals. Surely, if the Saviour's test, " By their fruits ye shall know them," be the true one, Margaret Ossoli was pre- eminently a Christian. If a life of constant self-sacrifice, if devotion to the welfare of kindred and the race, if conformity to what she believed God's law, so that her life seemed ever the truest form of prayer, active obedience to the Deity, in line, if carrying Christianity into all the departments of action, so far as human infirmity allows, if these be the proofs of a Christian, then whoever has read her " Memoirs " thoughtfully, and with- out sectarian prejudice or the use of sectarian standards of judg- ment, must feel her to have been a Christian. But not alone in