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«■ a sue, tnd palpably uneven. Ify daily ablutions,

u well as the Rtated and more thorough weekly bath" tags, she personally superintended. With equal grati- tude I may respond t-> Hi.' filial ascription of Cowper:

•• The fragnuil vrafc n on my cheeks bestcnvM

With li'T own band, till fn-rh they -hone, and glowM."

From the age of three I was put to Bleep in b cham- ber by myself There was no person in t lie family to whom it waa convenient or fitting to be either my guard

or companion. I was always attended to my pillow by maternal love, and then left alone, sometimes ere the last rays of the summer sun had entirely forsaken the landscape. I felt no fear ; false stories had never been told to frighten me ; there was nothing to be afraid of. " Our Father in Heaven," to whom the last words of clos- ing day were said, seemed near, and I fell asleep as on His protecting arm. It might have been in some meas- ure owing to this nightly solitude, that Thought so early became my friend. In the intervals not given to sleep, it«talked with me. So delightful were its visits, that I waited for and wooed it, and was displeased if slumber invaded or superseded the communion. For it some- times brought me harmonies, and thrilled me to strange delight with rhythmical words. I believe the following was among its first gifts. Memory has from the earliest childhood kept it in her casket :

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