Maud Wood Park Papers (Woman's Rights Collection). Personal and Biographical. "Journal for the year 1880.". WRC-Pa, folder Pa-1. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

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I mean liking the same things having the same answered Mrs M ideas & ideals of life. And you think that necessary said May to a happy marriage I am sure it is replied Mrs M, May I think I know what you mean. I think you needed me to know. You have to decide something & you don't know what to do. I love you so much that I must warn you not to make a mistake May be very su think what it is May to have to live one's life in the closest companionship with a person ^to whom you can never talk about the subjects that are most important to you & whose plans & ambitions seem to you useless or even wholly wrong. Think of it dear & be very careful for if you make a mistake now it is a mistake for your whole life. But Mrs Merriam if it weren't for yourself that you were thinking if you were willing to be a little less happy that asked May someone else might be more so what would you do. I should think I was in danger of following an old & false saying that the end justifies the means. Remember May that if you marry a man with whom you are not in sympathy no matter whether you like him or not you are wronging him as well as yourself for it will be just as hard for him as it is for you. May had gone to Mrs Merriam's hoping to get encouragement to [do?] what would require [some?] self-sacrifice but instead but she certainly had not found it, & [moreover?] she asked herself what Mrs Merriam would have said if she had known that there was another objection to that course in May's interest in Harry Phillips. It was not an easy thing

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for the girl to decide. If she accepted [Jim?] she would please her father but if she refused him she should feel that she had had a chance to be of real Tuesday Oct 26 1880 help to the She [w?] [now?] [going?] family but had lost it because of her own selfishness. As she [home?] was I went to school this morning and had one [?] thought wrong in examples and failed in geography this This afternoon we had reading grammer Ned& and drawing. I have found out what that Black letter I received Monday, Saturday when just I was in papa's office I left a note which at I was scribbling on the desk saying that that if he wanted any female detective I would mo- be one and he answered me that way. I suppose that I do not write enough in ment this journal but I can't help it. I have Ned done my practising for to-day. It is cold Black and windy but not so cold or windy or windy as yesterday. overtook her I was coming up to see you to-night he said I've been trying to get around for a week. I suppose you've heard the news about Phillips. What news she asked. Why that he's going away Ned replied the firm wanted him to go out somewhere in the western part of the state & as it's a better opening than he has here he's decided to go I shall miss him awfully. May had made her decision in that minute for her feeling when she heard that Harry was going

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