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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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not be dismissed so easily. He may be unjust or
unreasonable, but certainly not from selfish motives:
there is a higher nature in this man, and I
must see more of him and understand him better.
For the rest, may this acquaintance end as it will;
I shall remain calm. “If we are kindred, we shall
meet!” and if not—the time has long since passed
when I desired much to please people (in such
matters).

Harvard College, Cambridge, December 15.
I wrote to you lately from Boston. I stayed there
several days with my friends, the Springs, amid an
incessant shower both of visits and engagements,
which sometimes amused me and sometimes drove
me half to desperation and left me scarcely time to
breathe. A few of these days and hours I shall
always remember with pleasure. Among them is a
morning when I saw around me the noblest men
of Massachusetts: Alcott, the Platonic idealist,
with a remarkably handsome silver-haired head;
the brothers Clarke; the philanthropist, Mr.
Barnard; the poet, Longfellow; the young true
American poet, Lowell (a perfect Apollo in
appearance) and many others. Emerson came also,
with a sunbeam in his strong countenance; and
people more beautiful in form (almost all of them
tall and well-proportioned) it would not be easy to

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