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Text for Page 022 [07-03-1856]

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in honor of the national birthday.
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  It is vanity to hope for happiness in this
life.   No man ever compassed it, or contentment.
Least of all is it to be won by inquiry.     Those
have reached the nearest to it who lead natural,
unquestioning lives.    It is well to give up trying
for it.
  We can by no means understand God, or the
awful mystery of existence, even in the smallest
measure.        It is well to renunciate this attempt,
also.
  Our business in this life is to work.  Wo be
unto us if we neglect or palter with it.
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  4.  Friday.       Walked down town wards to
the Park and Nassau Street, amid the salt-petre
rejoicings of the day.      Met Welden and Moore
momentarily, and the former remarked that I
looked �miserable.�   Truly I felt so.     A shower
of rain sent me back in an omnibus.        Alone all
the afternoon, mostly writing to Hannah.          In
the evening, at Levison�s suggestion, with him to
Madison Square, to see certain fireworks.    It was
but a poor display, but I was not sorry to go.    I
was the means of giving a child pleasure, by holding her
in my arms to see the display.          Returning through
the explosive streets, to a small celebration on our door-               
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