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An Autobiography

earnestness and enthusiasm of American reformers, and I found the people of my adopted
country more than ever prepared to listen to my teaching. Parties had become more
clearly defined, and the results of our system of education were beginning to tell, I think,
in the increased interest taken by individuals as well as by societies in social and
economic questions. I found interesting people everywhere, in every mode of life, and in
every class of society. My friends sometimes accused me of judging people's intelligence
by the interest they took in effective voting; but, although this may have been true to a
certain extent, it was not wholly correct. Certainly I felt more drawn to effective voters,
but there are friendships I value highly into which my special reform work never enters.
Just as the more recent years of my life have been coloured by the growth of the
movement which means more to me than anything else in the world, so must the
remaining chapters of this narrative bear the imprint of its influence.
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