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appear absurd.  But the misery is very Real now, and per
haps the more so, that it is, as it were self made.
  I find the following passage in Goethe�s �Werther� � a book
which Parton has lent me � (had he known all my thoughts,
I question whether the loan would have been a prudent one.)
  �It is in vain that a man of sound mind understands
the condition of such a wretched being, in vain he counsels him!
He can no more communicate his own wisdom to him, than
a healthy man can instil his strength into the invalid.�
  7. Wednesday.  Writing, � close. Making progress.  Bet-
ter, but physically ill.  Down town to Post Office, and met
little Haney, (who greeted me sympathizingly, I thought) Writing
till 1.
  8.  Thursday.  Writing, not happily, but going on.
Evening to Thackeray�s third Lecture, on George the Third,
and I itch to be Boswellizing it.   By Jove I could do it
better than half the daily papers.     A most noble, touching pero-
ration was there, presenting the blind, deaf, mad, unhappy
old king, � as fine, as beautifully given as anything I ever
heard spoken.      Brave and good man, Thackeray! true
English heart! not alone to touch on the poor, obstinate, but
well-meaning king�s foibles and follies, but to present him
on his knees, praying for his family, his wife, his subjects,
and last for his old, unhappy self.        Wise and kind it is
to teach pity and humanity to it us, for oh! how we need
it, one towards the other!                              Parton join-
ed me after the lecture, and we had a cigar and a glass of               
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