Address, Delivered October 20, 1851 (Google eBook)

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1852
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Page 14 - II. 42 feelings, and to make us better men. It seems difficult to connect with the homestead the sacred feelings which belong to it, when all around it is bare and cold. But when clothed in rural beauty by kindred hands, the sentiment of home is exalted, and those who have thus embellished it are presented to our minds and hearts under new and more endearing aspects. I say to you then, Ladies, embellish your dwellings with the...
Page 14 - ... home, then, be made so attractive in its external as well as its internal aspect, that it shall always be left with regret and regained with eagerness, as the most grateful refuge from the active duties of life. Under these circumstances the minutest work of your hands will have its value. The vine you have trained, the shrub you have planted, will possess an interest in the sight of those who are dear to you which the most elaborate ornament wrought by the hands of the carver can never attain....
Page 13 - ... come out early and bear their foliage late, are preferable for the decoration of the family dwelling. It is not easy to conceive with how little expenditure of time the most gratifying results may be obtained. A gravelled walk from the entrance-gate to the porch, running through a lawn of well-cropped grass, with here and there a lilac, an althea, or a seringer, a vine trained upon a frame (no matter how rough, for the foliage will cover it), will change the coldest prospect into one of warmth...
Page 14 - ... walk from the entrance-gate to the porch, running through a lawn of well-cropped grass, with here and there a lilac, an althea, or a syringa, a vine trained upon a frame no matter how rough, for the foliage will cover it will change the coldest prospect into one of warmth and beauty and grace. Nor is it to the taste alone that these rural embellishments address themselves ; they tend to elevate and refine the moral feelings and to make us better men. It seems difficult to connect with...

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