Theodore Parker: Preacher and Reformer

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CHAPTER XI
THE NEARER VIEW

JANUARY 17, 1847, Parker writes to Mrs. Dall, for many years a valued friend, the more valued because she withstood him to the face when she thought he ought to be blamed: --

Here I am in Boston; it is Sunday night, the first Sunday night I have passed in Boston these ten years. But for the trouble of removing the household and my books, I should have answered your letter before now.

This means that he had kept on living in West Roxbury for a year after his entire surrender of his Spring Street pastorate. The change was hard for him. He missed the open fields, the stroll across lots to the Russells and the Shaws, the tending and keeping of his own plot of ground. To get back there for a day always made a bright spot on his journal's page, unless the dearest friend that he had left behind happened to be away. The new Boston home was in Exeter Place, the house touching gardens with that of Wendell Phillips. It was a roomy house, but not sufficiently so for the books which overflowed it from top to bottom before long. In West Roxbury he had made the cases with his

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