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Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 42

MANUSCRIPT: AC. Ink. Dated: Sunday evening.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 75-76, in part; LL 149-151, in part; L (1931) 72-74, in part; Home128-129, entire.

Austin left home on Saturday, 7 June 1851, to begin a year's engagement as teacher in the boy's section of the Endicott School in the North End of Boston, settled largely by Irish immigrants who had fled the potato famine of 1847. His uncle Loring Norcross was a member of the school committee. At first he lived with the Norcrosses, but shortly moved to a boarding house (see letter no. 43), though his mailing address continued to be through the Norcrosses.

The quotation "where congregations ne'er break up" is from the familiar hymn "Jerusalem! My happy home!" The William Burkitt version (1693) first introduced the word "congregations" at the end of the second stanza: "Where congregations ne'er break up, / And Sabbaths have no end."

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