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Jepson Field Book volume 14 page 70 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 14 page 70
Kew, Surrey is the only possible path way to love. And you opened it to me with your own hand.  Could I control the beat of my heart?  There are some powers within us that are involuntary.  You could have prevented my meeting your daughter as an equal.  But all the will power of earth could not prevent my loving her when once I had seen her and spoken to her.  The sound of the human voice, the touch of the human hand in social equality are the divine sacraments that open the mystery of love. "Social rights are one thing, politial rights another" interrupted Lowell. "I deny it.  If you are honest :::::::::  December 15, 1905 with yourself you know it is not true.  Politics is but a manifestation of society.  Society rests on the family.  The family is the unit of civilisation.  The right to love and wed where one loves is the badge of fellowship in the order of humanity.  The man who is denied this right in any society is not a member of it.  He is outside any manifestation of its essential life.  You had as well talk about the importance of clothes for a dead man, as political rights for such a pariah.  You have classed him with the beasts of the field.  As a human unit he does not exist for you. - George Harris to [Lowell], the Boston Millionaire and statesman in "The Leopard's Spots"
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