At the close of the Revolution which separated the colonies from the mother country, the legislature of New
York set apart nearly two million acres of land, in the heart of the State, as bounty to be divided among her
soldiers who had taken part in the war; and this ``Military Tract,'' having been duly divided into townships, an
ill- inspired official, in lack of names for so many divisions, sprinkled over the whole region the contents of
his classical dictionary. Thus it was that there fell to a beautiful valley upon the headwaters of the
Susquehanna the name of ``Homer.
Appointment by President Harrison. My stay in London Lord Rothschild; his view of Russian treatment of the
Jews. Sir Julian Goldschmidt; impression made by him. Paris; the Vicomte de Vogue; funeral of Renan; the
Duke de la Rochefoucauld. Our Minister, William Walter Phelps, and others at Berlin; talk with Count
Shuvaloff. Arrival in St. Petersburg. Deadening influences: paralysis of energy as seen on the railways; little
apparent change in externals since my former visit; change wrought by emancipation of the serfs.
Improvement in the surroundings of the Emperor.
Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and
chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves. It seems to circle round one centre of
This sketch was prepared by request to be read before the Jamaica Plain Ladies' Tuesday Club. Subsequently
a desire was expressed to have it put in a more permanent form and offered for sale at a Fair for the Jamaica
Plain Indian Association. Although personally reluctant to appear before the public in this way, I have allowed
my desire to aid a good cause and give pleasure to my friends who have kindly received my paper to influence
me in its publication.